With Cummins Inc., coming to Greenwood with a futuristic hub for digital and information technology, it finally opens the door for development of problematic land at the southeast corner of I-65 and County Line Road.
Cummins Inc. CEO Tom Linebarger announced Thursday that the Columbus-based global company would build a $35 million facility at that site for expansion of its digital and information services internally and for customers.
Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers said that the hub would have 500 employees with an average salary of $100,000 per employee.
Myers and Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce president Christian Maslowski agreed that it would spur immediate interest in an area that Cabela’s, GoodSports Enterprises Global and Gershman Partners/Indy Fuel publicly sought but backed out due to finances.
Maslowski emphasized that the area’s 100-plus acres is ripe for non-warehouse and non-retail growth.
“This will open up an area that is now primed for multiple types of development,” Maslowski said. “The big plus is that it provides diversity in land use and will benefit Greenwood tremendously.”
Cummins Inc. would occupy 31 acres of land for its expansion into Greenwood. Myers grinned and said that Greenwood becomes the “heart” of the “Cummins Corridor” on I-65 that includes facilities in Indianapolis, Columbus and Seymour.
The 100,000-square foot facility planned for Greenwood will house 500 employees with an average annual pay of $100,000.
“Getting a leading corporation to relocate into the Greenwood market, for us, is absolutely huge,” Myers said. “It also is a model for corporate-community partnerships.”
The partnership also includes a one-million-dollar grant from the City of Greenwood to Central Nine Career Center specifically to expand courses for high school students studying information technology and interactive media.
Outgoing Central Nine director Nicole Otte emphasized that in the future some graduates in those fields from Central Nine would be trained to be hired immediately by Cummins Inc.
Myers and Linebarger were among five speakers Thursday, including Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, and Columbus Mayor Jim Linehoop. The announcement was made during Cummins Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Expansion in Columbus with its electrification program will enable Cummins to become an industry leader in electrified power trains to replace diesel power in city buses and delivery vehicles.
Greenwood would become the hub for more data and services through electronics to fix any issues on the road as well as developing new digital technology.
Linebarger praised the City of Greenwood and said, “Mayor Myers and his team did an outstanding job assuring us that Greenwood is the place to locate. Our intent is to be an asset to the community and be glad that we are a part of that community.”
Cummins would be able to expand the footprint at its Greenwood location in the future.
The company is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.