Cummins celebrates 100 years of innovation on Wednesday

Columbus-based Cummins Inc. celebrates its 100th anniversary Wednesday, remembering the company’s humble roots, but also looking to the future with a theme of “Challenge the Impossible.”

Today, Cummins is a Fortune 160 company employing about 60,000 people worldwide, serving customers in nearly every country across the globe, company officials said. The company’s products range from diesel and natural gas engines to hybrid and electric platforms, as well as engine systems components, controls and related technologies and it continues to develop new advanced products and services.

But the company’s roots date back to 1919 when Clessie Cummins and his business partner, William G. Irwin, built a company that was one of the first to take advantage of the groundbreaking technology developed by German engineer Rudolf Diesel in the late 1800s.


“Technological innovation is at the heart of what we do,” said Tom Linebarger, Cummins chairman and CEO. “Cummins is a global technology leader with a broad portfolio of power solutions. We will continue to innovate to ensure our customers’ success.”

Cummins Inc. global headquarters in Columbus, Indiana.
Cummins Inc. global headquarters in Columbus, Indiana.

For the complete story, including more from Linebarger, historical photos, plans for Wednesday’s celebration and comments from Cummins’ employees, see Wednesday’s Republic.