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Nissan Titan engine option to be built in Ind.

August 22, 2013 5:22:26 AM PDT
Engine maker Cummins Inc. says it will add 500 jobs over several years at its Columbus Engine Plant to build V8 turbo diesel powerplants for Nissan Motor Co.'s next generation Titan pickup truck.

The Columbus-based company said Tuesday its V8 program is planning to add to its current 300-person workforce over the next several years and eventually expects to employ about 800 workers.

Nissan announced separately that a 300-plus horsepower, 5-Liter diesel engine made by Cummins will be available as an option on the next generation Titan. Nissan wouldn't say when the reworked full-size pickup truck will arrive in showrooms, but said the diesel versions are being tested on public roads.

Cummins says it's also developing a version of the V8 turbo diesel for commercial vehicle customers.

Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger called it a big day. The new engine will give customers power, torque, and fuel economy.

The production line has been idle for many years. In 2002, the production line was in full operation, churning out diesel engines. The contract with Nissan means, not only will the production line be reopening, but so will the employment office.

"This just means more opportunities for jobs. We don't know exactly how many jobs. It sort of depends on how many people buy Nissan trucks and other things. But we know it will be several hundred, several hundred good jobs, a meaningful amount for sure. We really feel good about that," said Linebarger.

"It is a resounding reaffirmation of Cummins' strong commitment to Columbus. This new partnership with Nissan signifies Cummins' drive for manufacturing excellence and innovation and to do so right here in Cummins' home town," the Columbus mayor said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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