Cummins Inc.’s efforts to minimize its environmental footprint and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions helped the company achieve a ranking in the top 20%of the 500 largest companies in United States in Newsweek’s inaugural “green” survey released recently, according to a news release.
The company’s efforts for the RV industry are most notable in its production of the 6.7 liter turbo diesel engine for the Dodge Ram pickup, a common RV tow vehicle. Cummins’ product was the first engine to be certified to meet the EPA’s 2010 standards for nitrogen oxides emissions — three years ahead of the deadline.
The magazine used publicly available data analyzed by two leading research firms and collected reputational information on all 500 companies in arriving at its ranking. Cummins placed seventh among 47 industrial goods company. Technology companies dominated the top of the survey list with Hewlett-Packard ranked No. 1 and Dell, Intel and IBM all placing in the top five.
The Newsweek ranking is the second sustainability-related recognition Cummins has received in recent weeks. In early September, Cummins was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fifth consecutive year. The index represents the top 10 percent of the world’s largest companies rated by Dow Jones across a range of economic, environmental and social responsibility measures.
Newsweek credited Cummins for its ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities worldwide by 25% as a percentage of sales from 2005-2010, as part of its voluntary commitment to the EPA Climate Leaders program.
In addition, Cummins has become active in the climate change dialogue on a national level. The company formed a Climate Change Working group in 2007 and early this year released its first set of Climate Change Principles, which will guide Cummins’ actions and environmental policy efforts.
Environmental stewardship is a critical component of Cummins’ mission, and the Company continues to carry out that mission, both by being a leader in clean diesel engine technology and continuously seeking ways to reduce the environmental impact of its facilities around the world. Some examples of how Cummins is carrying out its environmental mission include:
- Cummins Diesel Recon recycles and reuses more than 50 million pounds of engine-related materials a year.
- Cummins’ new on- and off-highway engines are certified to run effectively on a 20% blend of biodiesel fuel.
- Cummins powers all the new natural gas urban transit buses in the U.S. and powers more than 7,000 natural gas transit buses in China and India.
- The company’s first “Unplugged Challenge” in late 2008, which encouraged employees to take simple steps to reduce electricity usage at Cummins facilities during a holiday shutdown period, resulted in a reduction of 7,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions compared to the same period in 2007.
- Cummins Power Generation received the Frost and Sullivan 2008 North America Product Quality Leadership award for its commitment to environmentally friendly product design and for creating a manufacturing process that enables its products to meet or surpass regulatory standards relating to noxious emissions and noise pollution.
Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind., announced today (Oct. 7) that it is offering to recall approximately 270 production employees who had been laid off or transferred to other Cummins facilities over the past year in order to meet a temporary increase in orders for the Dodge Ram turbo diesel pickup truck engines made at the Columbus MidRangeEngine Plant at Walesboro, Ind.
The Dodge Ram is a common tow vehicle for RVs
The order increase comes as Chrysler seeks to build inventory for its 2010 model heavy duty Dodge Ram pickup powered by Cummins’ 6.7-liter turbo diesel engine. As a result of the increased orders, Cummins plans to temporarily add a second production shift at the Walesboro plant that is expected to operate through the end of 2009. After the recall, Cummins will employ approximately 600 hourly workers at the plant.
The company has began notifying employees and intends to begin the additional shift on Oct. 19. Cummins began production of the 2010 model engine Dodge Ram engines in mid-September with approximately 340 production employees working on a single shift.