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Last updated on Wednesday, November 2, 2011
(SEYMOUR) - Cummins Inc. unveiled Tuesday at its Seymour Engine Plant a new 95-liter engine designed to help the company gain a stronger foothold in mining, rail and offshore drilling.
Cummins invested $110 million in the expansion of the Seymour plant, adding 28,500 square feet, test cells and an assembly area to produce the new engine, which has an output of more than 4,000 horsepower.
The company plans to add 200 engineering and manufacturing jobs in the next five years as production reaches full capacity.
President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Linebarger says about 100 employees were involved in developing the new engine platform, codenamed Hedgehog.
Linebarger says the engine, the QSK95, is "most powerful high-speed diesel ever built."
The engine is about 8 feet high and 14 feet long. For each of its 16 cylinders it requires about as much fuel as the type of engine that used to power a Ram pickup.
The high horsepower platform ultimately will be augmented by a 120-liter engine that will have an output of about 5,000 horsepower.
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