CUMMINS HAS A RICH HISTORY, REPLETE WITH EXAMPLES OF INNOVATION, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND VISION.
Here’s a look at some highlights over the last 96 years:
Clessie Cummins creates the Cummins Engine Company based in Columbus, Indiana. William G. Irwin, who employed Cummins as a driver, supplies nearly all of the $50,000 in startup capital.
Cummins takes Irwin for a ride in a used Packard limousine that he equipped with a diesel engine on Christmas Day, convincing Irwin of the engine’s potential. Irwin invests a much needed infusion of cash.
Cummins barnstorms across the country, demonstrating the power and fuel efficiency of the diesel engine in his Coast to Coast Cummins Diesel Test Bus.
J. Irwin Miller, great-nephew of W.G. Irwin, becomes general manager of Cummins at the age of 24.
Cummins earns its first profit.
Miller is commissioned as a lieutenant in the Navy Air Corps, where he served aboard the carrier Langley during World War II. He saw action in the Marshall Islands and New Guinea.
Miller becomes Executive Vice President of Cummins.
Clessie Cummins leaves Cummins and moves to California where he continues inventing until his death in 1968.
Miller becomes Chairman of the Cummins Board.
Cummins begins operations in India, first as a joint venture with one plant in Pune. Today, the Company owns all or part of 20 manufacturing facilities in the country and employs nearly 14,000 people.
Miller helps Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with some of the organizing behind the 1963 March on Washington. Miller was acting as leader of the National Council of Churches.
Miller lays out his thinking on Corporate Responsibility in Cummins’ 1972 Annual Report. “While some still argue that business has no social responsibility, we believe that our survival in the very long run is as dependent upon responsible citizenship in our communities and in the society as it is on responsible technological, financial and production performance.”
Cummins acquires Holset, a British turbocharger manufacturer. Turbochargers today play a key role in a number of engine functions.
Cummins enters China as part of a deal involving heavy construction equipment with Cummins engines.
Miller retires as Chairman of the Board, although he remains active with the Company until his death in 2004.
Cummins purchases 86 percent of the Onan Corporation in suburban Minneapolis, which would become the basis for its Power Generation Business.
Cummins establishes its Mission and Values around its Vision of “Making people’s lives better by unleashing the Power of Cummins.”
President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Linebarger succeeds Tim Solso as Chairman and CEO on Jan. 1, 2012. During Solso’s 10 years leading Cummins the Company experienced record growth.
Cummins names Rich Freeland President and Chief Operating Officer in July 2014. Freeland had been the Engine Business Unit President since 2010.
Cummins names Jennifer Rumsey its Chief Technical Officer, the company's first female CTO. Rumsey, who joined Cummins in 2000, replaces the retiring CTO DR. John Wall.