Editorial: Investing in area pays rich rewards


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Officials of Cummins Inc. have taken actions that will vastly improve the quality of life in and around Jackson County.

It was certainly good news for our community that the company last year announced a major job-producing project at its Seymour Engine Plant, investing $219 million and adding 290 new, high-paid

engineering jobs.

The benefits to the area through that increased workforce are obvious, but the company also scored a coup by extracting a pledge from state officials to commit approximately $5 million to local education efforts in what Jim Plump of Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. and Mayor Craig Luedeman described at the time as a county education coalition. The details still were being hammered out at the time of the announcement, but as January Wetzel recently reported, those details have taken shape as the Jackson County Education Coalition.

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