Cummins Company History Timeline

1919
Cummins started working full-time on diesels in 1919 when he heard that Sears, Roebuck Co., would buy 3-horsepower farm diesels made on a European patent.
1921
Utilizing Clessie Cummins' patented direct-injection design from 1921, the Model F engine is the beginning of a long history of innovation.
1924
Cummins Factory - Cummins Engine History TimelineBy 1924 Cummins applied his new designs to his own Model F engine which was entirely designed on his own accord, thus ending the partnership with R.M. Hvid Company.
1926
Clessie took odd jobs around Indiana until landing a job as a mechanic with automotive maker Nordyke and Marmon Marmon Motor Company which made some of the first luxury cars in America before being bought out by Allis-Chalmers in 1926.
1929
A lot of interest in diesel dried up when the stock market crashed in 1929 but Irwin continue to support the company to stave off bankruptcy.
After about a decade, Cummins successfully mounted a diesel engine into a used Packard Limousine, and on Christmas day in 1929, he took William for a ride in America s first diesel-powered automobile.
1930
Cummins Diesel Powered Packard - 1930 Cummins Engine History TimelineCummins realized that industrial application engines were not the best route for the growing business considering the wear farmers did to their engines.
1931
And always has been, it seems. Its colorful history includes building race cars for several trips to the Indy 500, the first in 1931 with diesel power s debut at the legendary event.
1932
In 1932 the engine maker powered the first ever all-diesel commercial highway fleet in the United States, that being the west coast s Purity Food Stores.
1933
In 1933, Cummins released the Model H, a heavy engine used for transportation and in small railroad switchers.
1934
Clessie Cummins and Race Crew - 1934 Cummins History TimelineLike most success stories, the history of Cummins Engine Company, started from humble beginnings and a perseverance to try something new.
In 1934, William Irwin s great nephew, J. Irwin Miller would become the general manager of the company and continue to run it for over 40 years.
1935
In 1935, for his third cross country trip, Cummins decided to seek out other automotive partners.
1936
By 1936 Cummins reached the 1 million mark in sales but didn t turn its first profit until the following year, 18 years after its founding.
1937
On May 21, 1937, J. Irwin Miller stands before workers to support their right to unionize but oppose an effort by a national union.
In 1937, the company earned its first profit.
1946
Sales in 1946 hit 20 million a decade later they reached more than 100 million.
1952
On the forefront of marketing and design, Cummins 1952 annual report expresses the advantages of its new company trademark In order to obtain maximum product identity, this modern trademark has been developed.
In 1952 the Cummins 28 car achieved a 139-mph track record and took the pole with the first turbocharged diesel engine to run the 500.
1954
In 1954, Miller established the Cummins Foundation, and three years later it offered to pay architect s fees for construction of new public buildings leading to designs by leading architects from around the world gracing the streets of Columbus.
1959
The company s international presence grew from its first foray into the larger world in 1959 when it established Motores Cummins Diesel de Brasil.
1960
Three years later, the Foundation makes its first grant to support architecture fees for the Lillian C. Schmitt Elementary School pictured , as part of the Architecture Program, which became a formal part of the Foundation in 1960.
1962
Three years later, in 1962, it created a partnership with Japan s Komatsu, mostly to power bulldozers.
A new line of engines with more than 300 horsepower, introduced by the company in 1962, failed to gain a dominant market share for more than two years.
1964
In 1964, the Cummins ticker symbol would appear on the New York Stock Exchange for the first time as pictured .
Back on the engine side, Cummins first started building natural gas engines in 1964, for stationary powerplants and gen-sets, based on the designs of its existing diesels.
1968
A strong truck market helped sales rebound in 1968, reaching a record of 365 million.
1973
Cummins experimented with superchargers and later turbochargers for that initial boost of speed, later acquiring Holset Turbochargers in 1973 but could never figure out how to have a 1st place car at Indy.
1975
In 1975, Cummins is one of the first American companies to pursue business in China.
The new engines didn't sell very well at first, as the truck market in 1975 slumped 40 percent.
1981
Witness the moment in 1981 when Cummins was offered the chance to build a potentially profitable diesel engine plant in South Africa.
Chrysler initially launched the RAM in 1981.
1986
In 1986 the company entered a period of continuous, comprehensive restructuring that embraced every aspect of the business.
1987
Initial production of the 6BT for Dodge is believed to have started in late October, 1987.
1989
Dodge masterfully engineered the RAM to accommodate the size and power of the Cummins turbo diesel engine, and the first Cummins-powered RAM hit the streets in 1989.
1990
In 1990, Schacht convinced Ford Motor Co., Tenneco Inc., and Kubota Ltd. to invest a combined total of 250 million in a 27 percent stake in Cummins.
1992
The remainder is acquired in 1992, making it a fully owned subsidiary for power systems.
In 1992, the Business Enterprise Trust recognized Miller's magnanimity and philanthropy when it awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award.
However, beginning in 1992 all engines would be built at Cummins Midrange Engine Plant CMEP in Walesboro, Indiana, a facility that s dedicated to building engines specifically for Ram trucks.
1993
He identified with the values, the people and the business challenges so much, he chose to join the company full-time in 1993.
1994
In 1994, after seeing the company through one of its most difficult periods, Schacht announced that he was stepping down as CEO. That year--Cummins' 75th in business--the company achieved record sales of 4.74 billion and, perhaps more importantly, record profits of 252.9 million.
1995
Demonstrating its long history of powering the recreational vehicle RV market, Cummins shipped its one millionth RV generator set in October of 1995.
Named President and Chief Operating Officer in 1995, Tim Solso becomes Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
1996
The ISV5.0 engine makes its debut in the heavy-duty Nissan Titan pickup truck after initially being developed for the light-duty RAM as part of a United States Department of Energy demonstration program in 1996.
1997
In 1997 the Indiana outfit invested further in the company and became 51 owner, renaming the enterprise as Cummins India Ltd.
1998
In 1998, following on from the H-NH-NT-N14 models, Cummins new ISX15 engine came onto the heavy-duty truck scene.
2005
The Oshkosh HEMITT A3 became the first production-ready diesel-electric hybrid heavy truck in 2005, a 30-ton military vehicle.
2006
Officially adopted in 2006, EEEC enables employees at least four hours of company time per year to volunteer toward local projects.
In 2006 the 1.5 millionth diesel engine for the Dodge Ram came off the line in Columbus, Indiana.
2009
After being promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2009, Tom Linebarger is named Chief Executive Officer.
2013
Originally launched in 2013, these models are quiet, fuel efficient and easy to install.
Cummins is no longer just an engine business, but a global power leader with more than 17 billion in sales in 2013.
2015
October 20, 2015 By First Motion Products.
Modern Day Cummins Plant - 2015 Cummins Engine HistoryCummins is now the largest over-the-road truck engine manufacturer in the world with 37.5 market share of the heavy duty diesel industry.
2016
The combination of the Power Generation and High Horsepower engine markets formed the Power Systems operating segment in 2016.
2018
Cummins was able to give 21.1 million back to our communities in 2018.
In 2018, Cummins celebrated a milestone of 25,000 AMMPS units manufactured at the Fridley, Minnesota USA plant.
2019
February 6, 2019, Cummins marks its 100 year anniversary by turning challenges into opportunities.
Founded
1919
Company Founded
Headquarters
Columbus, IN
Company Headquarter
Founders
Clessie Cummins,William Irwin
Company Founders

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