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Cummins’ Seymour Expansion To Continue Despite Hiring Freeze

Cummins is partnering with other similar businesses in Seymour to form the education coalition.

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.

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