Supply Chain Management : Cummins Inc.

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Supply Chain management is a required entity in all businesses that require manufacturing, purchasing, warehousing, and shipping of goods to the end customer. In researching supply chain operations one operation that was on every list of top supply chains was Cummins Inc. Cummins was a company that nearly never took off as it was during the time of the Great Depression that founder Clessie Cummins first took notice of the diesel engine. Clessie was born in Indiana and from an early age had a mechanical mind. According to, Cummins History. (n.d.), “In 1919, with backing from banker William G. Irwin, Clessie founded the Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Ind. Together, the two men built a company that was one of the first to take advantage of the groundbreaking technology developed by German engineer Rudolf Diesel in the late 1800s.” Cummins focused primarily on the Diesel engine and its impact on locomotives but quickly realized the impact the Diesel engine could have on cars and trucks. Today Cummins is a global company with leading trends in Supply Chain management; the company is represented in 190 countries and has a work force of 48,000 employees worldwide. Cummins has come a long ways since their humble beginnings on the race tracks of rural Indiana, the company now a global titan has many product lines. These product lines consist of 6 main types Engines, Power Generation, Fuel Systems, Turbo Technology, filtration, and emissions.
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