(WNY News Now) – WNY News Now recently visited the Cummins Engine plant in Lakewood, New York, where plant manager Shawn Hricko shed light on the thriving facility’s impact on the local economy and community. Cummins, one of the largest manufacturing facilities in North America, employs around 1,500 people, prioritizes community involvement, and is preparing for continued growth and innovation.
Lakewood – As WNY News Now continues with our third and final segment in our “3 fifty” series, we took a look at the Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant. Located at 4720 Baker Street in Lakewood, New York, the Cummins Engine Plant is a crucial contributor to the local economy and community. The plant, one of Cummins’ largest manufacturing facilities in North America, occupies a staggering one million square feet, employing approximately 1,500 individuals. In addition to its workforce, the facility also utilizes contractors and third-party logistics to maintain its operations.
One striking aspect of Cummins Engine Plant’s operation is its long-standing record of not having had a permanent layoff in the 21st century. This feat can be attributed to Cummins’ “rings of defense” strategy, which includes moving employees to different areas, adjusting hiring practices before a decline in business, and efficiently utilizing its workforce to adapt to changing market conditions. This approach ensures stability in the local economy and job security for its employees.
Although the plant’s jobs are not unionized, they are known for being high-paying, and the company prides itself on a pro-people organizational culture. Their primary goal is to manufacture the best diesel engines in North America, and they invest in their employees to achieve this. Shawn Hricko, the plant manager, highlighted the importance of the community’s support and how Cummins reciprocates by actively engaging in philanthropic activities. Cummins encourages its employees to volunteer their time for nonprofit organizations, and the company makes substantial donations to the United Way, contributing over a quarter million dollars annually to various charitable causes.
Cummins is committed to investing in its future and the local community, with $452 million earmarked for facility renewals and improvements. The facility is replacing outdated equipment with state-of-the-art CNC machinery and automation to enhance the quality and efficiency of its engines. Cummins’ engines play a significant role in North American commerce, as one out of every three trucks on the road features their products, underscoring their impact on the economy.
Shawn Hricko also shared exciting news about the company’s plans to redesign its X-15 engine, continuing to provide value to its customers for the next two to two-and-a-half years. Cummins not only meets but exceeds EPA emissions regulations, focusing on optimizing each engine’s performance and fuel economy. Their engines are designed to last one million miles, driving the need for ongoing innovation to create more efficient and environmentally friendly products.
Cummins’ success has created a growing demand for its engines and the need for additional staff. The company is actively seeking employees through Elwood staffing and emphasizes promoting from within, offering numerous opportunities for career advancement.
As Cummins approaches its 50th year in Jamestown, it continues to thrive, invest in the community, and remain at the forefront of diesel engine technology. With its unwavering commitment to excellence and community engagement, Cummins Engine Plant plays a vital role in the local economy and beyond.