It goes without saying, but a lot can change in 40 years.
Four decades ago, the global population was four billion people. Today, that number is well above seven billion. Throughout 1974, the top songs on the Billboard Hot 100 included “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce, “The Way We Were” by Barbara Streisand, and “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive. In January of that year, a little show called “Happy Days” premiered on ABC, introducing America to Richie Cunningham, Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli and the rest of the Happy Days gang.
But as popular trends in music, television, clothing and even business have evolved over the last four decades, there’s been at least one constant – Cummins has manufactured components and engines at its facility in Jamestown, New York.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Cummins’ Jamestown Engine Plant (JEP). Cummins acquired the more than 1-million-square-foot facility in 1974, using it initially to manufacture engine components. Five years later, the plant produced its first engine.
Today, the plant produces on-highway engines, including the ISX15 – the top-selling heavy-duty truck engine in North America – as well as the ISX12 and ISM diesel engines. Typically, more than 400 engines are built per day at JEP, and the plant produced its 1.5 millionth heavy-duty engine in the summer of 2013.
Dave Crompton, President – Cummins Engine Business said it best:
“This anniversary is a testament to our more than 1,500 employees at JEP who produce reliable, clean and fuel-efficient engines that enable our customers to be successful in all of the markets they operate,” Crompton said. “An anniversary such as this is just another indicator of their commitment to quality. They help Cummins deliver the best solutions to our customers every day.”
Official Press Release – Jamestown Engine Plant Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Cummins
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