A Fridley, Minn.-based manufacturer is betting that cleaner-and-greener is the route to global growth and profitability.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that from Kenya to Wilmington, Del., Cummins Power Generation provides generators that can run on diesel fuel, natural gas and even gas from agricultural waste or sewage treatment plants.
Tony Satterthwaite, a veteran Cummins engineer who is the six-year CEO of Cummins Power Generation, said the latest generation of the company’s diesel generators is so efficient that “what comes out the back end is almost as clean as the air going in the front end.’’
“Since the late 1990s … a core part of the company’s mission is demanding that everything Cummins does leads to a cleaner and safer environment,” Satterthwaite said this month. “That also has proved to be a business advantage.’’
Power Generation, which employs about 2,000 people, has grown faster than the economy over the last decade. And Satterthwaite has forecast the business will grow a respectable 6% to 12% annually through 2018, with profit margins of 11.5% to 14% before interest and taxes. The division last quarter reported declining sales due to lower revenue in India, North America and Asia, for a variety of short-term reasons.
Cummins acquired the former Onan Corp. of Fridley more than 20 years ago. Since 2011, it has expanded Fridley manufacturing, partly by moving office workers to a refurbished office building in Shoreview. In all, Cummins has invested about $150 million in Twin Cities operations over the last few years.
“Fridley remains a great location for us,” Satterthwaite said. “Access to a skilled workforce, a good central U.S. location for faster delivery to our North American distributors, as well as good access to our North American supply base. The Fridley plant primarily serves the North American market. For Cummins Power Generation in total, about (two-thirds) of our sales are outside North America.”
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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Nominating Committee announced it is now seeking candidates from the association’s membership to run in this year’s board of directors elections.
There are eight seats up for election this year: four manufacturer, three supplier and one at-large representatives.
The RVIA board has the highest level of authority in the association’s organizational structure. It is responsible for association affairs on a broad policy basis. The board meets three times per year: in March, during Committee Week in mid-June and in mid-September.
“The RVIA board of directors plays a critical role in guiding the work of the association and shaping the future of the RV industry,” said Dan Shea, president of the Towable Division at Gulf Stream Coach Inc. and chairman of RVIA’s Nominating Committee. “Any association member with an interest in addressing the issues that impact the RV industry should consider running for a seat on the board.”
Each RVIA manufacturer and supplier member company is afforded a single vote in the association elections, scheduled to take place electronically from Aug. 3-23. Newly elected board members will begin serving their terms on Oct. 1. The deadline for nominations is June 15.
In addition to Shea, this year’s Nominating Committee includes DeWayne Creighton of Dynamax Corp., Garry Enyart of Cummins Power Generation and Carl Pfalzgraf of Atwood Mobile Products.
Those interested in running in the board elections should contact a member of the Nominating Committee or RVIA’s Mac Bryan at (703) 620-6003 ext 334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.