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Editorial: Cummins’ actions show commitment to Columbus

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Two recent announcements by Cummins Inc. should alleviate any anxiety Columbus residents might have had about the company’s future here.

First, Cummins announced March 26 that it was consolidating its two Indianapolis offices into one by constructing a new building on part of the former Market Square Arena property. The $30 million investment will be the headquarters for its global distribution business, one of the company’s four primary business segments.

What’s notable is the announcement had nothing to do with its global corporate headquarters or operations that have been entrenched here in Columbus.

Cummins emphasized its global corporate headquarters would remain in Columbus, where its engine and components segments also are based. A fourth business group, power generation, is based in Fridley, Minn.

A few days later, Cummins announced details of its plan to build in downtown Columbus, just north of its global corporate headquarters, a wellness center to serve all 8,500 of its Indiana employees — about 7,600 of which work in Bartholomew County.

The 30,000-square-foot LiveWell Center will focus on employees’ total lifestyle care and will use Columbus Regional Health’s physicians group. Work has started, beginning March 24 with the demolition of existing buildings on the construction site.

Cummins reiterated last year, when plans for a consolidated operational base in downtown Indianapolis first became public, that it was committed to Columbus. The company is saying it again, not only with words but actions.

A company also wouldn’t build a state-of-the-art wellness center here if it planned to move.

The region’s largest employer has 95 years invested in Columbus, and its latest major announcements further entrench its commitment to Columbus. That’s the best news yet.

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