Cummins celebrating 100th anniversary today

Cummins is celebrating its 100th anniversary today.

The company was founded in Columbus in February 1919, growing from the dream and engineering skill of Clessie Cummins and the financing of W.G. Irwin. With $50,000 in backing from Irwin and the use of Irwin Mansion’s garage on Fifth Street, the company’s goal was to manufacture and sell internal combustion engines with diesel technology and their accessories, attachments, tools, machinery or appliances.

The formal paperwork establishing Cummins Engine Co. was signed at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce offices on February 20, 1919.

Our news-gathering partners at The Republic are reporting that company employees will be celebrating at Cummins facilities around the world today including cupcakes at American facilities and similar treats at plants in other countries.