When Cummins employees take lunch, they visit businesses in downtown Columbus, often at Papa’s Grill and Deli.
The restaurant’s general manager Dustin Craig says he relies on Cummins employees as a revenue stream.
“They bring people in from all over the world with their different headquarters across the world,” Craig says. “A lot of our business is due to them, especially with the downtown area.”
Craig is one of many people in Columbus who relies on Cummins indirectly for his livelihood.
Cummins recorded third quarter profits of more than $300 million, but that is down 22 percent from the previous quarter. Cummins has said global demand for its products are slowing and it recently announced plans to lay off to up to 1,500 employees by the end of the year. The effects of the pink slips will be felt by the community at large.
Mary Johnston’s husband works at Cummins and says she feels differently about the engine manufacturer’s effect on the community.
“It’s terrible. I know they are trying to do the right thing and they’re trying to be a profitable company, but still it’s really hard when people lose their jobs today,” she says.
Johnston did not say whether her husband will be among those laid off, but says she feels the roller coaster nature of the company’s boom-and-bust employment picture offsets some of the good Cummins does for Columbus.