Cummins celebrates its 100th anniversary at its headquarters

Despite an overcast sky and rain, a spirit of excitement radiated in downtown Columbus as Cummins Inc. celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The Fortune 200 company planned for about 13,000 current and former employees and their families to join the party Saturday morning and afternoon, and a large number of them enjoyed the many displays that showed the company’s evolution, breadth and future.

Lined along Jackson Street, for example, were an array of semis and trucks from different eras — including a 1937 Stutz Fire Engine once used by the city’s fire department — that were all powered Cummins engines.

A popular photo opportunity for attendees was just outside the Cummins Corporate Office Building at Fifth and Jackson streets, where the five race cars that competed in the Indianapolis 500 from the 1930s to ’50s using a Cummins diesel engine were displayed.

Cummins Chairman and CEO Tim Linebarger addresses guests during the Cummins 100th anniversary celebration in Columbus, Ind., Saturday, June 15, 2019. Mike Wolanin | The Republic
Cummins Chairman and CEO Tim Linebarger addresses guests during the Cummins 100th anniversary celebration in Columbus, Ind., Saturday, June 15, 2019. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

For more on the Cummins 100th anniversary today in downtown Columbus, see Sunday’s Republic. Additional photos will be posted with the story Sunday at therepublic.com.