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National Guard members set for tour of Cummins


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About 60 members of the Indiana National Guard based at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh will tour Cummins plants in southern Indiana today to gain information about the company’s products and learn about potential employment opportunities.

“What started off as a casual conversation between two friends about the Guard’s involvement with our products grew into something much, much bigger,” said Jeff McKinney, Cummins Human Resources Operations Excellence leader. McKinney helped organize the day.

McKinney was talking with Capt. Todd Bowers, Indiana National Guard maintenance officer, when Bowers said the Guard uses Cummins products in maintaining and repairing its vehicles.

Over the course of their conversation, they realized both organizations use Six Sigma, the business problem-solving tool. And they also discussed the establishment of an employee resource group at Cummins to help recruit and retain military veterans.

All of those elements will be part of the activities during today’s Guard visit.

The day will include tours of the Columbus Mid-Range Engine Plant and the Seymour Engine Plant as well as presentations on Six Sigma and career opportunities not only at Cummins but at Cummins Crosspoint, a distributor of Cummins products based in Indianapolis. In addition, Guard members will be honored at an early Veterans Day celebration at the Mid-Range Engine Plant.

The day starts with a tour at 9:30 a.m. at the Columbus plant and concludes after a tour of the Seymour Engine Plant in the afternoon.

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