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White-collar Cummins job cuts begin

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Layoff notices were delivered to some members of the professional staff at Columbus-based Cummins Inc. this week, affecting white-collar workers in the engine maker's corporate headquarters for the first time since a move to trim the global workforce was announced five weeks ago.

"These things are literally happening department by department as the company works through projects and priorities," Jon Mills, Cummins director of external communications, said on Tuesday.

He said Cummins employees should know the full extent of the layoffs and who is affected by mid-December. Mills said there would not be external announcements each time a reduction is made.

Cummins announced Oct. 9 that it would trim 1,000 to 1,500 jobs by year-end from its 47,000-person worldwide workforce to cope with weaker-than-expected sales and a slowdown in the world economy.

See Wednesday's Republic for additional details.

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