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Cummins To Supply New Engines To Nissan Trucks, Add Jobs

Engine-manufacturer Cummins has created a new V8 turbo diesel engine for a Nissan full-size pickup.

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    Nissan plans to use a newly-developed Cummins V8 turbo diesel in its next-generation full-size pickup.

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    Cummins employees that are in charge of building the new V8 engine join company officials at the announcement of the partnership with Nissan.

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    Engine on the assembly line at Cummins.

Cummins is partnering with Nissan to manufacture a new diesel engine at its Columbus facility.

For the first time in more than a decade the  Columbus plant will return to engine production. More than 200 million dollars was spent to create the Cummins 5-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine.  It’ll be available in Nissan’s new line of Titan trucks.

Officials say the partnership could add 800 jobs at the facility. Cummins’ General Manager Jeff Caldwell says the company has already started hiring.

“For most of the 60’s and into the 1980’s we produced more than 60 percent of all of the U.S. heavy duty truck engines on this site so it is really tremendous to see engine manufacturing returning to this plant again,” he says.

The plant plans to ship commercial engines in the fourth quarter of 2014 and expects most of the new hiring will occur that year.  Cummins plans to expand the engine line in the future-offering it to other customers and in other vehicles.

Emily Wright

Emily, an Indianapolis native, joined WFIU/WTIU in 2013 as Producer of Noon Edition. She studied Telecommunications and Liberal Arts Management at Indiana University.

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