COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) - Engine-maker Cummins was the site of a federal announcement fromthe Department of Energy on Monday.
The Columbus-based company is receiving nearly $54 million todevelop more fuel efficient passenger cars and heavy dutyvehicles.
"The American automobile and truck industry has been a backboneof American industry and we need to continue to have it as a majorfoundation in America,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy StevenChu. “Revitalizing this industry requires change and requiresinnovation and Cummins represents the best of all that."
The money comes from the $787 billion stimulus package. Indianais getting 50% of the government grant money. Navistar in FortWayne is in line for more than $37 million.
"The collaborative relationship between Cummins and the DOE overthe past 20 years can be seen as a mile in goals. Our partnershiphas allowed us to bring evolutionary and breakthrough clean dieseland lower cost that neither of us could have done alone,”said Tom Linebarger, President and CEO of Cummins Inc.
Its good news for Cummins which saw over 600 workers lose theirjobs last May. By October, about 270 workers were called back tohelp build engines for the 2010 Dodge Ram trucks.
This grant money will create about 160 jobs at Cummins and 200at Navistar.
"That's almost 400 Hoosier families that will be earning apaycheck, putting food on the table, paying the mortgage, savingfor college and retirement, helping to turn this economyaround,” said Senator Evan Bayh, (D) Indiana.
In total, nine projects are receiving cash with the expectationsto create jobs.
The White House said the $187 million in grant money is beinggiven out mainly to companies based in economically hard hitMichigan and Indiana.
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