Cummins reduction: Workers union gauging local impact

A union leader said Wednesday that the local Cummins workforce will be affected by reductions the company announced Tuesday — although how much, as of yet, is unclear.

Cummins reported that a weakening global economy would result in lower-than-expected revenues and profits this year. The Columbus-based engine maker also said it would reduce its workforce by 1,000 to 1,500 by the end of the year.

The company initially provided no details about where workforce reductions would take place, and a spokeswoman said Cummins likely would be analyzing the situation through the end of the month.

In early September, the company employed about 46,200 across the globe, then a record. That included about 7,700 in southern Indiana, the bulk of those in Columbus.

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