Cummins and a number of other businesses in Seymour are partnering to create an education coalition aimed at increasing the number of skilled workers in the area.
Cummins announced Tuesday it was expanding its Seymour plant and adding 290 employees. As a part of the plan, officials said they would take some of the company’s tax incentives and use that money to create an education coalition comprised of business officials and other community leaders.
Cummins spokesperson Janet Williams says there has been growing competition for skilled workers in Indiana and educating those potential workers early on is key to the company’s success.
“We believe that with this partnership to improve the education infrastructure we will get the kind of qualified, educated workforce that we need to continue to grow our business,” she says.
Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation Director Jim Plump says many of the details still need to be worked out, but stakeholders plan to take a comprehensive approach to the process.
“This is not simply saying, ok, Cummins is not going to take the money, it’s going to the public school system,” he says. “This is about all aspects of education from pre-K all the way to incumbent worker training.”
Cummins is contributing nearly 5 million dollars it could have received in tax credits to fund the coalition. Plump says his organization is also applying for federal grants that could help sustain the group in future years.