Cummins shrinks workforce by 3,000

Cummins Inc. reduced its global workforce by about 3,000 since late last year, a reduction of more than 6 percent.

The company announced Oct. 9 that a global economic slowdown was prompting it to trim 1,000 to 1,500 jobs by year’s end from its worldwide workforce of 47,000. Then on Oct. 17, the Columbus-based engine maker said it would reduce its southern Indiana workforce of 7,700 by about 150.

A spokesman also said Wednesday that the company’s external hiring in 2013 would be “very limited.”

Jon Mills, director of external communications, said Wednesday that the company’s global workforce is now at about 44,000, down about 3,000 from late last year. Mills said he could not say whether the reduction in southern Indiana exceeded the initial estimate of 150.

Jim Plump of Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. said he remains confident that Cummins is moving forward with its $219 million expansion at Seymour Engine Plant . The company announced plans last year to add 290 new jobs through 2015 as a result of that project.

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