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Cummins to build $70 million plant in Turkey

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Cummins Inc., the Columbus-based maker of engines and power generation systems, plans to invest $70 million to set up a plant in western Turkey to produce filters and generators for motor vehicles, starting in early 2012.

The company expects to employ more than 800 workers at the site within five years and export more than 85 percent of its output at the plant, according to an e-mailed statement Wednesday that followed a joint press conference by Cummins and Turkey’s investment promotion agency in Istanbul.

Cummins has about 40,000 employees around the world.

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  • Well put!
    Excellent comment James. I was attempting to make a similar point, although I may have missed a little. Terrific use of facts! Thank you for posting. From a grouped set of developing countries, Turkey is now part of what I am hearing called the "STIC" countries, instead of "BRIC." STIC is South Africa, Turkey, Indonesia and Colombia. BRIC is/was Brazil, Russia, India, and China.
  • best decision
    it's sad to see some fellas making comments about terrorism here. none of the terrorists made 9/11 or any terrorist attacks against the US was turkish. if you will accuse them because of being muslim you must first consider that hitler was a christian. this is economics, nothing to do with religion or nation. you must globalize and enlarge your customer base in today's competitive world. if you want Cummins to survive and continue to pay tax and employ people in the US you must support Cummins and other US companies to invest in other countries like Turkey. Many US companies like Microsoft and Coca Cola have already invested in Turkey because it is in a very central location accessing to most important markets of the world; Europe, Russia, middle East and Africa. It is the biggest (and the only) secular democracy in the region.And their economy grew %11 in 2010 while the US and all EU countries are suffering from the crisis. If the US wants to overcome the crisis US companies must invest more in these developing countries to survive.
    • Really
      Cummins is reaping record profits and not even willing to share their success with Indiana... Why do more and more loved American companies keep sending jobs overseas... I feel betrayed. I don't care if you locate it in Canada or North Korea just put some investment into your own country... With all of our cash going to those overseas America will never make its way out of debt and we will slide out of the world power position.
    • The disheartening facts of life
      Barring the religious commentary and terrorist references, (But since they were made, we may want to find supporting facts rather than lobbing the ideas out there as rhetoric. Though I could not find any evidence of correlation between being Muslim and work ethic or corporate success, entering a Muslim market seems a fairly benign factor when making an expansion, market entry, or business decision. If there is research to the contrary, please share. Surprisingly, there is little correlation between poverty and terrorism meaning that reducing poverty will not reduce terrorism. See: Education, Poverty and Terrorism: Is There a Causal Connection? by Alan B. Krueger, Princeton University, so it cannot be argued that putting a plant in Turkey will reduce terrorism) I agree with the sentiment of fellow readers. One of disappointment that Cummins would send 800 jobs out of the state much less the country.

      This move was likely being explored two to three years ago. With stimulus funds and tax breaks available, how was Indiana uncompetitive enough to justifying this move? The article said that it is expected that Cummins will â??export more than 85 percent of its output at the plant.â?? To where? Back to the US? I guess that would lower the price of the end product, allowing more products to be purchased, creating more demand, and in the end creating more than 800 jobs? That is about the only way it seems to make sense.

      Should the IBJ be so bold, I would pay a premium to read an investigative article about how and when the decision was made, and what steps Indiana and the US took to compete for the business. I hope the answer is not â??none because there are tax write offs to build globally.â??
    • UNBELIEVEABLE
      Cummins, you should be ASHAMED of yourself. But of course, you decision makers, go off on your yachts and rake in the dough, while fellow Americans can't find jobs...give the jobs to those who will just as soon blow your family away than give you the time of day. Maybe you should all just move to TURKEY yourselves.
    • Thanks for nothing
      Let us continue to industrialize other nations. I mean really lets do that forget our next door neighbors and provide a decent living for people that as a whole hate us and everything we stand for.
    • Cummins
      I can't believe what I just read!! Why are we sending 800 jobs to a mostly Muslum country? When are we Americans going to learn? Couldn't we use 800 jobs here in the US with unemployment at 10%?????? I JUST DON'T GET IT................
    • New Plant
      Too bad it isn't in Indiana. Ho Hum. Another job site lost to overseas.
    • Great news...for Turkey?
      And what's even better news? Cummins executives won't see their taxes increased for 2 more years. It's a good day to be wealthy. Go Turkey.

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