Cummins hosting celebration downtown

Bartholomew County’s largest employer will unveil its updated mission, vision and values during a public block party today in downtown Columbus.

Global diesel engine maker and power company Cummins Inc. is updating its mission (why the company exists), vision (what it wants to accomplish) and values (how the company operates) as part of preparations for its 100th anniversary in 2019. The updates were needed in order to be current, company spokeswoman Katie Zarich said.

“It had been more than 15 years since they were last revised, and the company has evolved since then,” Zarich said.

Cummins leaders will present the “Cummins story” and talk about the updated mission, vision and values starting at 11 a.m. at the Corporate Office Building, 500 Jackson St.

The company’s second block party is to celebrate the updates and its relationship with the Columbus community, Zarich said. Last year’s block party was more for company employees and their families. This year’s event is intended to incorporate the public, she added.

Cummins has about 7,500 workers based in southern Indiana.

“We obviously have a big presence in Columbus, and we wouldn’t be the company we are without the support we get from the community,” Zarich said.

The event will include nine robotics races, starting at 1 p.m. and featuring Cummins employees and Mayor Jim Lienhoop. The robots were built by Columbus FIRST Robotics team 4926, a collaboration of students from Columbus-based high schools. A Greenwood-based robotics team is bringing a spare robot.

A cookout will start at noon at the Irwin Office Building guest parking lot and is open to employees and the public, while supplies last.

A scavenger hunt, product displays, bounce houses and temporary tattoos are among the day’s activities on Jackson and Sixth streets, Zarich said.

If you go

What: Cummins block party for employees and Columbus community to unveil updated vision, mission and values

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today

Where: Cummins Corporate Office Building, 500 Jackson St., Columbus

Cost: Free


11 to 11:45 a.m.: Cummins leaders unveil the “Cummins story”

Noon to 1 p.m.: Cookout-style lunch in the Irwin Office Building guest parking lot, while supplies last

1 p.m.: Robotics races with Cummins leaders and Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Noon to 4 p.m.: Scavenger hunt, product displays, sno cones, bounce houses on Jackson and Sixth streets

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at or (812) 379-5639.