- By Victor Skinner
(The Center Square) – Cummins, producer of over half of the large truck engines on the road, will invest $1 billion across its manufacturing network in Indiana, New York and North Carolina to produce low-emissions options.
The Monday announcement coincided with a visit by President Joe Biden to Cummins’ Power Generation Facility in Fridley, Minnesota, where the company will produce devices to harness hydrogen energy.
“In just a few weeks, we will begin manufacturing one of the key pieces of technology for green hydrogen production that will help decarbonize our economy and drive the clean energy transition – the electrolyzer,” Cummins CEO Jennifer Rumsey said. “Support from the Biden administration and Congress with legislation like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act are driving the clean energy economy forward in the United States and critical to our decarburization efforts.”
“The electrolyzer production in Minnesota and investment in our Indiana, North Carolina and New York facilities are reflective of our dual path approach of advancing both engine-based and zero-emission solutions – an approach that is best for all of our stakeholders and our impact on the planet,” Rumsey said.
Biden highlighted how his economic agenda has led to more than $435 billion in private sector investments nationwide, reestablished supply chains in the U.S., and created “Made in America manufacturing and clean energy boom.”
“Put all together, the plan is to invest in America in a literal sense,” he said. “Here’s what it looks like across the country: a record 12.4 million brand new jobs, including 800,000 manufacturing jobs, just since we came to office. That’s more jobs in two years than any American president has created in four years.”
The job growth stems from America shifting its priorities from manufacturing overseas to American made products, he said, citing Cummins’ new electrolyzer facility as one of several examples.
“When Cummins first manufactured hydro electrolyzers, they had to make them overseas. These are the machines that make clean hydrogen, a renewable energy, used to power our economy from clean cars to trucks to steel to cement manufacturing,” Biden said. “But now, thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, with the tax credits for renewable energy, Cummins is going to manufacture these electrolyzers here in America for the first time.”
At Cummins’ Jamestown Engine Plant in western New York, the company plans to invest $452 million to upgrade its 998,000 square-foot facility to produce the industry’s first fuel-agnostic internal combustion engine platform that leverages a range of lower carbon fuel types.
The platform, the X15N, will enter the field test phase later in April, with Cummins’ customers that include Walmart, Werner, Matheson, Natural Ready Mix and others.
In Fridley, Cummins’ zero-emission technology brand, Accelera by Cummins, will invest $10 million to dedicate 89,000 square feet of the company’s 1.1 million square foot facility to electrolyzer production starting April 24.
“Hydrogen produced by electrolyzers can power hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and is used in industrial processes like steel production,” according to a Cummins statement. “Building electrolyzers in Fridley is helping to bring the supply chain for zero-emissions vehicles to the United States – particularly in heavy trucking industries – and employing hundreds of workers in the area with good-paying jobs.”
Information about Cummins’ investments in Indiana and North Carolina “will be made public later.”
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