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Columbus not too reliant on Cummins, say officials

(Oct. 16, 2012) -- Despite Cummins' announcement that it will lay off up to 1,500 employees, Columbus, Ind., officials say the local economy is not too reliant on its largest employer, reports Indiana Public Media.

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Despite Cummins’ announcement that it will lay off up to 1,500 employees, Columbus, Ind., officials say the local economy is not too reliant on its largest employer, reports Indiana Public Media.

Since at least the beginning of the recession, hiring and firing at Cummins has been typified by big numbers, and several hundred people are hired or fired during each peak or valley. Which is one reason why Columbus Economic Development Board Chairman Chip Orben’s group is trying to secure investment from other manufacturers, reports Indiana Public Media.

“Cummins is one of the, if not the largest employer in the city and that’s why a part of our economic development strategy is try to diversity our base so that we aren’t so top-heavy on any one company or any one industry, to be quite honest,” says Orben.

For the complete story from Indiana Public Media, click here.

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