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Columbus, Ind. Cummins plant to produce engines for first time in 13 years

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Production of a new engine is set to breathe new life into a southern Indiana plant.

Cummins' Columbus Engine Plant is set to produce a new line of light-weight diesel engines starting this summer. It's the first time in 13 years the plant has produced engines. In 2002, the company moved production of heavy-truck engines to Jamestown, New York.

The new five-liter diesel engine will be used in the new Nissan Titan truck. Nissan hopes the 2016 Titan will help the car manufacturer make a comeback in the truck market.

Nissan believes the engine will be the key to sales, as it will allow drivers to tow more without having to pay for a heavy duty pickup.

Since announcing its partnership with Nissan, Cummins has added 150 jobs in Columbus, Indiana. The engine manufacturer says they expect to hire hundreds more, based on demand for the truck.

Full production of the engines will begin this summer. The truck will be at Nissan dealerships nationwide by the end of the year.

The Columbus Engine Plant is Cummins' oldest plant. It was built in the 1920s.

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