Cummins Inc. was joined by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop, representatives from Bartholomew County, and other state and local leaders to announce two new investment projects totaling $80 million for the Columbus community and the state.
Approximately $30 million will be invested in a new railroad overpass for State Road 46, a primary roadway for downtown Columbus. The overpass is needed as CSX starts to make approximately $100 million in upgrades to L&I’s Louisville to Indianapolis rail line. Once the track improvements are complete, expected in 2018, CSX plans to increase the number, size, weight and length of trains.
The new overpass would ease the congestion caused by significant delays due to increased train length. This will impact a majority of Cummins 8,000 employees, especially for the local rail crossing at Indiana S. R. 46, near its intersection with Indiana S. R. 11, which crossing carries approximately 40,000 vehicles per day.
Cummins currently plans to invest about $50 million to renovate the entire Cummins Corporate Office Building (COB) in downtown Columbus. The building has not undergone extensive renovation since it was built. The project will accommodate 1,200 employees when it is completed in 2019, as Cummins celebrates its 100th anniversary.
The State of Indiana, the City of Columbus, Bartholomew County, Louisville & Indianapolis Railroad and CSX arrived at the overpass solution, which will be financed by several parties, including the Indiana Department of Transportation, Columbus, Bartholomew County and the railroads.
“We are grateful to all the parties who came together to reach a solution for the long-term success and sustainability of downtown Columbus businesses and residents,” remarked Rich Freeland, president and COO, Cummins Inc. “A rail solution was critical to our future, and we are pleased to make a renewed commitment of approximately $50 million to our global headquarters in Columbus as we near the next hundred years of our company. Cummins will continue its commitment to architecture in our buildings and will ensure that the design of the overpass integrates well within the architectural legacy of Columbus and reflects the welcoming and progressive culture of this great community.”
“As we near our 100th anniversary in 2019, updating the COB, our global headquarters, takes on special meaning as we turn this iconic building into a remarkable place to work for the next generation of Cummins employees,” Freeland added. “The renovation will be an investment that benefits employees and the community and will preserve this architecturally significant building.”
“This railroad overpass project demonstrates what is possible when business, state and local officials work together to find creative solutions that benefit Indiana communities,” Governor Holcomb said. “I commend the team at Cummins for their ongoing collaboration and investment that benefits employees, the City of Columbus and our state’s economic vitality.”