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Cummins reducing staff in Indiana

Cummins announced a number of job actions affecting its manufacturing operations in southern Indiana.

The company is temporarily closing the Columbus MidRange Engine Plant in Walesboro, just outside Columbus, as a result of Chrysler's decision last week to idle its manufacturing operations while it undergoes bankruptcy reorganization.

The shutdown affects a total of about 690 workers at CMEP. There are plans to redeploy as many of the 80 exempt employees in the plant as possible throughout its southern Indiana operations.

In actions unrelated to the Chrysler bankruptcy, Cummins also announced it will permanently lay off about 110 hourly workers in June at three locations in southern Indiana:

• About 30 workers at the Cummins Fuel Systems Plant in Columbus will be laid off effective June 1.

• About 50 workers at the Cummins Industrial Center in Seymour will be laid off effective June 1. The plant manufactures high-horsepower engines used in industrial, power generation, marine and military applications.

• About 30 workers in the Heavy Duty Machining operation at Columbus Engine Plant will be laid off effective June 29. The operation machines cylinder blocks and heads for heavy duty engines produced by Cummins in Jamestown, N.Y.

"These job reductions are in response to further weakening demand for engines and components as a result of the global recession, and are consistent with our efforts to align manufacturing capacity and costs with that lower demand," the company said in a statement.

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