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Editorial: Cummins at top in corporate leadership

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The designation of Cummins Inc. as the No. 1 company in the country by a multimedia financial services company was a long time coming for the Columbus-based engine maker, its leaders, its employees, its customers and this community in particular.

The honor given the manufacturer by The Motley Fool in its release of the Top 25 U.S. corporations recently was based on Cummins’ “environmental leadership and workforce development.”

It is impressive just in looking at the list of those companies that were ranked below Cummins. It included the likes of Google, Colgate-Palmolive, Costco, Pepsico, IBM, Intel, Starbucks and Coach.

It is even more impressive when considering that Cummins has taken a leadership role in managing the environment while being a manufacturer of a product that by its nature had once been considered environmentally unfriendly.

That the local company has developed a solid reputation for making the end product environmentally sensitive is regarded as a tremendous achievement, especially when many of the businesses also considered for this honor pursue endeavors that by their nature have little impact on the environment.

While arguably the most impressive recognition the company has received over the years, it is only the latest in a string of honors from other institutions that have given the local company praise for such qualities as ethics, employee care and community involvement.

In total these honors speak to an overall company philosophy that is rooted deep in its culture.

The current leadership, along with the teams that most recently preceded it, has been motivated by a “do the right thing” attitude that actually spans several decades and generations of leaders.

In some respects, this company has been a pioneer in product development from its beginnings in 1919.

In more recent years it transitioned into making the end product a partner with the environment, reducing its emissions and using that philosophy to capture market share, making it not only a good corporate citizen but a profit-making one as well.

This community has benefited from the company’s philosophy of being a good neighbor.

By stressing educational progress at all levels, Cummins has not only helped local residents achieve success but has benefited as well from the improved quality of the workforce from which it will draw employees.

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