Cummins investing millions in building

Cummins Inc. is seeking approval of a tax abatement from the city on $4.4 million worth of improvements to its Cummins Machine Integration and Rebuild Center in the Woodside Northwest Industrial Park.

The 10-year tax abatement is slated to go before Columbus City Council on Tuesday for the industrial shell building, built by Force Holdings at 6880 S. International Drive. Cummins also plans to make a $430,000 investment in new equipment, but the company is not seeking an abatement for that, said Michael Day, executive director of capital management for Cummins, in the company’s application.

The company plans to retain 36 jobs with an hourly wage of $33.83, an estimated annual payroll of $2.53 million, city officials said.

Cummins purchased the property in December from Force Holdings for $2.6 million. Force previously purchased the 10.8-acre property, located between South International Drive and County Road 300W, on July 1, 2014, to construct a building ready for occupancy by a company.

Cummins said it intends to use the facility to assemble engines into vehicle trucks, according to its incentive application filed with the city.

Jason Hester, president of the Greater Columbus Economic Development Corp., said he is pleased that Cummins is making the investment in the building.

“We’re always grateful when our employers invest in future operations,” he said. “We’re glad the building will meet their needs.”

If you go

What: Tax abatement for Cummins Inc.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Columbus City Hall, city council chambers

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or