Cummins to idle 233 workers: Seymour employees receiving week off amid maintenance work

Cummins Inc. will idle 233 workers next week at Seymour Engine Plant as part of a planned vacation week.

Some employees will remain on the job for maintenance and technical work, Jon Mills of Cummins’ communications office said Friday.

“All assembly lines will be down as the work involves line moves, upfit paint and tag line moves,” he said.

Mills said the shutdown was planned and communicated to workers ahead of time.

“Our contracts allow for vacation weeks, and they can be scheduled to help deal with market changes,” he said.

The action is part of a series of recent moves to deal with a slowing demand for Cummins products, Mills said.

“As a result of the recent weakening global economic conditions, Cummins has been taking a number of steps over the last few months to respond appropriately and align its costs with the decreasing demand,” Cummins said in a statement Thursday. “We will continue to monitor the changing conditions and appreciate the hard work and dedication of the Cummins employees.”

Seymour Engine Plant employs 425 factory workers, engineers and other employees.

Also on Thursday, Cummins announced 350 of 512 Diesel Workers Union members at Columbus Fuel Systems Plant would go to four-day workweeks until further notice because of weakening global economic conditions.

The company also has reduced the workweek at plants in Jamestown, N.Y., and in Brazil.

When Cummins earlier announced a worldwide hiring freeze, spokeswoman Carole Casto said global employment was about 46,200, a record.

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