Cummins to build plant in Turkey

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Cummins will break ground early next year on a multiphased manufacturing site at the Aegean Free Trade Zone in Izmir, Turkey.

The Columbus, Ind.-based company first plans to build a filtration manufacturing plant and will follow with a facility to produce alternators for its power-generation business.

Production is expected to begin in early 2012 and Cummins expects to employ 800 workers in Turkey within five years. Cummins Filtration will open its production facility first, followed by Cummins Generator Technologies, which produces alternators.

Cummins is investing $70 million in the facility and related production equipment. Eighty-five percent of the products made in Turkey will be exported to Cummins' customers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Cummins chose the site in Turkey after a thorough selection process that gave consideration to more than 20 locations in Northern Africa, Europe and Asia. The facility will complement similar Cummins production and logistics facilities in France, Belgium and the U.K.

"Turkey is literally at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and this location will be in the middle of some of Cummins' strongest markets," said Joseph Saoud, president of Cummins Filtration, in a statement. "We have worked closely with the Turkish Investment Support and Promotion Agency since early in the process and have been delighted with their support and enthusiasm for this project."

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