Remanufacturing Expansion in South Carolina To Serve Customers and Meet Cummins' Sustainability Strategy
Cummins Turbo Technologies, a business unit of global power leader Cummins Inc., celebrated the expansion of its new turbo remanufacturing operations in North Charleston, South Carolina, earlier this month to better serve customers and help meet the company’s sustainability strategy.
Remanufacturing is an important part of Cummins’ environmental sustainability strategy, PLANET 2050. Remanufacturing will allow the company to use less, use better and use again, while presenting an environmentally friendly option to replace a turbo. Additionally, by salvaging roughly 70% of the turbo’s metal by weight, remanufacturing greatly reduces the global impact from mining and refining those metals.
Cummins’ $27 million investment in the remanufacturing facility will create more than 250 new jobs for the North Charleston community. The new facility will remanufacture used turbochargers that will meet the same specifications as new turbos. Each remanufactured turbo will go through an equivalent validation process to ensure they meet the dependability and performance expectations of Cummins’ customers.
“Our employees in Charleston are critical to making Cummins Turbo Technologies the world-leader in air handling for commercial vehicles by exhibiting the teamwork and excellence necessary to deliver innovative, reliable turbocharger solutions,” said Shon Wright, Vice President of Cummins Turbo Technologies. “Our investment in the Charleston area will help us optimize our footprint and continue to be the top choice of our global customers.”
Cummins has had a presence in the Charleston area since the 1990s and opened its existing facility, the Charleston Turbo Plant, in 2006 with a focus on manufacturing first-fit turbochargers for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Today, there are more than 725 employees working there.
While in Charleston to open the new remanufacturing facility, Wright presented local community groups with grants as part of the company’s journey to dismantle institutional racism through the Cummins Advocating for Racial Equity initiative. Metanoia, a local community organization that invests in neighborhood assets to build leaders, was presented a $1 million Community Development grant to establish quality housing and generate economic development. CommunityWorks and Lowcountry Street Grocery also received grants to support small Black-owned businesses in the Charleston community.
“In Charleston, we have a history of supporting community organizations in the areas of education, environment and equality of opportunity,” Wright said. “Cummins’ goal is to improve communities where our employees are located, and we are committed to bringing together all of Cummins' capabilities - its people, its balance sheet and the company’s philanthropy - to drive racial equity and combat the impact of racism on our employees, communities and economy.”