Cummins announces investments of more than US$1 billion across U.S. manufacturing network

The US$1 billion investment will provide upgrades to those facilities to support the industry’s first fuel agnostic engine platforms that will run on low carbon fuels, including natural gas, diesel and eventually hydrogen.

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Cummins announces investments of more than US$1 billion across U.S. manufacturing network

US conglomerate Cummins is investing over US$1 billion across it's engine manufacturing network in Indiana, North Carolina and New York. This coincides with President Biden's visit to Cummins in Fridley, Minnesota, as part of his Investing in America tour.

“I am delighted that we will have the chance to show President Biden the innovative work we are doing at our Fridley plant and our incredible Cummins employees who are doing it,” said Jennifer Rumsey, Cummins President and CEO. “In just a few weeks, we will begin manufacturing one of the key pieces of technology for green hydrogen production that will help decarbonise our economy and drive the clean energy transition – the electrolyser. Support from the Biden Administration and Congress with legislation like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act are driving the clean energy economy forward in the United States and critical to our decarbonisation efforts.”

The aforementioned US$1 billion investment will provide upgrades to those facilities to support the industry’s first fuel agnostic engine platforms that will run on low carbon fuels, including natural gas, diesel and eventually hydrogen, helping decarbonise the nation’s truck fleets today.

The historic investments included in those pieces of legislation played a key role in our decision to manufacture products here in the U.S., creating more clean-tech jobs and positively impacting our communities,” Rumsey continued. “The electrolyzer production in Minnesota and investment in our Indiana, North Carolina and New York facilities are reflective of our dual path approach of advancing both engine-based and zero-emission solutions – an approach that is best for all of our stakeholders and our impact on the planet. We can’t do this alone and are grateful for the continued partnership and collaboration with congressional leaders and the Biden Administration.”

Jamestown Engine Plant and the First Fuel Agnostic Engines Arriving to Customers
The announcement includes Cummins’ plans to invest $452M in its Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP) to upgrade its 998,000 square-foot facility in Western New York to produce the industry’s first fuel-agnostic internal combustion engine platform that leverages a range of lower carbon fuel types. The X15N is part of the new fuel-agnostic 15-liter engine platform produced at JEP.

Cummins customers, including Walmart, Werner, Matheson, and National Ready Mix, among others, are beginning to test the very first engines of the fuel agnostic platform, the X15N. Walmart will receive the very first field test unit later in April to take part in the field test of this industry-first, 15-liter advanced engine platform running on renewable natural gas.

Cummins U.S. Electrolyzer Product in Fridley, Minnesota
At the Fridley facility, Accelera by Cummins -- Cummins' zero-emission technology brand – manufactures electrolysers, which are a critical piece of the green hydrogen hydrogen economy. Hydrogen produced by electrolysers can power hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as well as industrial processes like steel production. Building electrolyzers in Fridley is helping bring the supply chain for zero-emissions vehicles to the United States – particularly in heavy trucking industries - and is employing hundreds of workers in the area with good-paying jobs.

Fridley employs over 900 and will plan to dedicate 89,000 square feet of the existing facility to electrolyser production starting April 24. This is a $10 million investment that will support 100 new jobs by 2024.

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