The Charleston (USA) Turbo Plant produced its five millionth turbocharger on Nov. 8, marking a significant milestone at the plant which is on track for a record year of production.
"This plant doesn't just make turbochargers. We manufacture reliability, assurance, dependability and trust for our customers," said Shon Wright, General Manager of Cummins Turbo Technologies. "I commend our employees for their ongoing commitment to our brand promise of innovation and dependability, especially in light of the burgeoning demand on the plant."
Cummins is the only manufacturer focused solely on medium to heavy-duty diesel engine turbo technologies. For more than 60 years, we have delivered innovative, reliable turbocharger solutions for customers including Hyundai, Mack, DAF, the Cummins Engine company, Komatsu, Daimler, Volvo and Detroit Diesel.
Cummins has strong roots in Charleston, which date back to 1990. The Charleston Turbo Plant moved to its current location in 2006. Since that time, the facility has steadily grown in size and importance, both to the success of Cummins customers and to the company itself. In 2013, the facility was expanded to 250,000 square feet with additional office space and added a new third-party logistics facility adjacent to the plant.
Nearly 600 employees, representing more than 25 different countries of origin, work at the plant, which is equipped with five assembly lines, four cold test cells and three machining cells. The plant is projected to produce a record number of units this year.
"There are two things I'm currently focusing on to help ensure the Charleston Turbo Plant continues to grow and be successful: continuing to evaluate technical investments to broaden the plant's capabilities and international trade," Wright explained. "Trade has been the single biggest contributor to growth for Cummins for more than a decade and for our company to continue to be successful, we must be able to access global consumers with high-quality and competitively priced products."