History

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Algunos momentos destacados de nuestra historia, que casi cumple 100 años.

Desde 1919, hemos proporcionado a nuestros clientes los productos confiables que necesitan y le hemos proporcionado a nuestros empleados las herramientas necesarias para el éxito. Actualmente, Cummins es una empresa dentro de la lista Fortune 500, con operaciones en más de 190 países. Sin embargo, nuestras oficinas corporativas siguen ubicadas en la misma ciudad donde fueron originalmente fundadas: en Columbus, Indiana.

Ahí fue donde Clessie Cummins, un inventor y mecánico autodidacta, trabajó para W.G. Irwin. Ambos vieron el potencial de la tecnología de los motores diesel y por esa razón el señor Irwin ayudó a Clessie a fundar Cummins Engine Company. Además, ambos fundadores tuvieron la perseverancia para continuar durante 19 años con una empresa que no tenía rentabilidad y con el deseo de apoyar a las comunidades en las que trabajaban.

Fue este modelo de perseverancia y lealtad que ellos crearon el que ayudó a moldear nuestra organización durante cada paso de nuestro crecimiento, desde una empresa de motores a un líder en tecnología de vanguardia a nivel mundial. A continuación, se encuentran algunos de los momentos más destacados de nuestra historia.

 

 

1919

Cummins first diesel product was the HVID

Cummins first diesel product was the HVID used by farmers for powering pumps and farm equipment. Our corporate headquarters is still located at the original factory site in Columbus, Indiana.

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1926

The 104 Power Shovel in action

We powered our first shovel—the 104 Power Shovel. This was one of the first available with diesel power, as opposed to steam.

1929

Clessie Cummins installed a Cummins diesel engine in a Packard limousine and went for a ride in America's first diesel-powered car. Later, he used this car, and others like it, to set a number of speed and endurance records—including a 13,535-mile run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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1937

The first diesel fire truck

We powered the first diesel fire truck.

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1940s

The first diesel fire truck

The Red Ball Express was a Cummins-powered convoy system of over 5,000 trucks created by Allied forces during WWII. The name is based on the Cummins logo which, at the time, had a large, red circle.

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1950s

A Cummins powered truck

America built the interstate highways and Cummins engines powered the equipment that built the roads and the thousands of trucks that began to roll down them. Truckers demanded economy, power, reliability and durability, and Cummins responded. By the late 1950s, Cummins had sales of over $100 million.

1952

Cummins Diesel Special No. 28 took the pole position at the 1952 Indy 500 with a record speed of 139mph. The streamlined racer had a 430 hp, low profile, JBS-600 diesel engine, and was the first at Indy with turbocharging.

1954

Strong belief in diversity paved the way for the promotion of an African-American man to the position of manager

Our strong belief in diversity paved the way for the promotion of an African-American man to the position of manager in our Columbus, Indiana, engine plant.

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1960s

A Cummins' Distributor Dealer

Our sales and service network grew to 2,500 dealers in 98 countries. Today, the business consists of 17 company-owned distributors and 10 joint ventures, covering 90 countries and territories through 233 locations.

1963

J. Irwin Miller was a champion of diversity both inside and outside of Cummins. He was a major supporter of the civil rights movement, participated in the original March on Washington and refused to manufacture engines in South Africa because of apartheid.

1964

Opening day at the Kirloskar-Cummins plant, which was located in Pune

Cummins opened its first facility in India, in collaboration with local engine company Kirloskar Oil Engines, Ltd. The Kirloskar-Cummins plant was, and still is, located in Pune.

1966

The speed boat, 'Merry-Go-Round', breaking the speed record for diesel power in 1966

Powered by a Cummins engine, the boat “Merry-Go-Round” broke the world speed record for diesel power.

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1972

J. Irwin Miller

J. Irwin Miller: "We can, in the long run, be a healthy company only in so far as we exist and serve within an economically and socially healthy society. We, therefore, support the involvement of Company personnel in both public and private social programs, as well as supplement those programs with funds set aside for general philanthropy." Excerpt from the 1972 Annual Report.

1973

Powered by an 800 hp Cummins diesel, the Pacific Ultra P12 6x6 was one of the world's strongest tow tractors.

Powered by an 800 hp Cummins diesel, the Pacific Ultra P12 6x6 was one of the world’s strongest tow tractors. A fleet could couple 4 Ultras plus 1 more as rear pusher to tow up to 860 tons.

1975

The DEMAG HC 500 set a new standard for all-terrain telescopic cranes

The DEMAG HC 500 set a new standard for all-terrain telescopic cranes with a 160-ton lift. Powered by a Cummins KTA 550 hp, the German-built 8-axle crane was road legal and fully self-contained.

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1981

A Cummins a 600-hp engine for the M1/M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Nearly 5,000 were built.

Our engineers developed a 600-hp engine for the M1/M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle—resulting in the highest reliability rating for any U.S. armored vehicle. Nearly 5,000 were built.

1981

A 10-year license agreement with China's National Technical Import Corporation

Cummins signed a 10-year license agreement with China's National Technical Import Corporation on January 25. Two years later, the China National Automotive Industry Corporation began engine assembly from kits provided by Cummins plants all over the world.

1987

A few weeks before the Indy 500, Cummins and Penske Racing decided to enter the #25 Cummins Holset car, which had been retired and on display in a hotel lobby. They hired three-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Sr. to drive the car. He qualified well and won the race by more than 4 seconds.

1989

Cummins' 160 hp 5.9-liter Turbo Diesel

Cummins’ 160 hp 5.9-liter Turbo Diesel was added to the Dodge Ram 250 & 350, and the pickup truck market was transformed. The power and torque enabled owners to haul trailers two tons heavier than previous engines. Almost 20,000 diesel engines were ordered in the first year.

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1998

The Cable & Wireless Adventurer

The Cable & Wireless Adventurer, powered by twin Cummins engines, set a new record for circumnavigating the globe.

1999

One of 300 buses with Cummins natural-gas engines launched by Beijing Public Transit

Beijing Public Transit launched a fleet of 300 buses with Cummins natural-gas engines. This was the first clean alternative-fuel fleet in Asia.

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2005

The Oshkosh HEMMIT A3 - A diesel-electic hybrid

Cummins engines powered the first production-ready diesel-electric hybrid heavy truck—the Oshkosh HEMMIT A3.

2006

A Cummins powered hybrid bus

Hybrid buses—featuring Cummins power—began to hit the streets across North America. They reduced fuel consumption and greenhouse gasses by 30 percent.

2007

A CMEP Line. Cummins was the only company in the industry to meet the 2010 EPA standards for NOx emissions

Cummins was the only company in the industry to meet the 2010 EPA standards for NOx emissions with the release in early 2007 of its new 6.7-liter turbo diesel for the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty pickup.

2008

Tornado Intercept Vehicle: TIV-2

Our specialists developed the engines for a Tornado Intercept Vehicle, the "TIV-2," featured on the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers."

2008

The ship, Earthrace, setting a new world record for circumnavigating the globe

Again, Cummins powered the ship that set a new world record for circumnavigating the globe. The ship, "Earthrace," leaves a zero net carbon footprint.

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2010

A Cummins ISX15 engine. Selective Catalyst Reduction technology to reduce emissions and meet the 2010 EPA.

Cummins used the simple Selective Catalyst Reduction technology to reduce emissions and meet the 2010 EPA requirements—all while increasing fuel economy 5 to 6 percent for our ISX15 engine.

2010

A Cummins powered commuter bus which traveled more than one million miles with one engine

In Honolulu, Hawaii, two Cummins-powered commuter buses entered the Cummins Million Mile Club for each traveling more than one million miles with one engine. These are the first buses to enter the club.

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