Mayor: Seymour plant expansion continues unabated


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Construction continues Wednesday at Cummins Seymour Engine Plant, where a $219 million expansion is under way. PHOTO BY AARON PIPER


Construction work at Seymour Engine Plant appears to be continuing without a hiccup in the wake of Cummins Inc.’s Tuesday announcement of planned workforce reductions.

The Columbus-based diesel engine maker reported it was pulling back earnings expectations and planning to reduce its work force by as many as 1,500 by the end of this year.

The future of the expansion project — key to building the company’s new 16-cylinder, 4,000 hp QSK95 “Hedgehog” — is under review with other capital projects, Cummins spokeswoman Carole Casto said Wednesday afternoon, but it remains an important element in the company’s future.

“We’re still in the analysis stage of reviewing all of our big projects, and we likely won’t be done with that review until the end of October,” Casto said. “We’re looking at where we’re going to slow things down, what we’re going to stop and what we’re going to speed up.

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