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Cummins’ Seymour Expansion To Continue Despite Hiring Freeze

Cummins says it is taking precautions this year, but expects to fulfill its promises to hire 290 worker in Seymour by 2015.

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Cummins says it implemented a hiring freeze because of market uncertainties.

Cummins Incorporated’s hiring freeze will not affect its plans to expand a Seymour facility and hire 290 employees by 2015.

The Columbus-based engine manufacturer announced Wednesday it would not hire any more workers until the end of this year because of uncertainty in the global market. Cummins spokesman John Mills said he could not elaborate on what those uncertainties were, but he says the freeze will have some exceptions.

“There are still key areas and critical areas and growth areas where leadership will be able to fill positions, in those certain and critical areas,” Mills says. “Those will be on a case-by-case basis.”

Cummins announced in April plans to expand its Seymour facility. Mills says he expects the company will be able to fulfill that promise.

But Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Jim Plump says Cummins’ timeline for the expansion could change.

“There’s variables that are going to happen in terms of timing, sometimes speeding it up, sometimes slowing it down and we’re in a situation right now with some of their economic situations that they are slowing it down a bit,” Plump says.

Still Plump says he has been assured that the expansion and hiring in Seymour will be completed as scheduled.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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