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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.