Bed bugs temporarily close Cummins office building

The discovery of bed bugs in a Cummins Inc. office building has resulted in temporary closing of the facility while corrective measures are taken.

The bed bugs were identified about two weeks ago at Cummins Inc.’s General Office Building, 1460 N. National Road in Columbus, located next to its Fuel Systems plant, Cummins spokesman Jon Mills said.

Steps included hiring a professional pest-control firm to come in and assess the problem and suggest corrective steps for the office building, Mills said.

“We quickly had the area where the bed bugs were identified treated and evacuated,” Mills said. “We fumigated the entire office this past weekend.”

Over the past few weeks, Mills said the company took many precautionary steps to keep employees from coming into contact with any of the affected areas and communicated widely to ensure that employees understood what was being done to mitigate the situation.

“It’s our goal to provide a safe and secure workplace for our employees,” he said.

Cummins employees in and around the affected area have been moved to different site locations in Columbus or are working from home, Mills said.

The company hopes to have its employees who have been working off-site to return to their workplaces by Monday, he said.