Engine builder Cummins Inc. announced in early July it will expand its High-Horsepower Technical Center and high-horsepower engine product line at its manufacturing facility in Seymour, Indiana, USA. Cummins plans to invest approximately $100 million in the expansion of the Seymour plant, which will increase capacity and manufacturing capability, including a new assembly line, paint area and production test cells.

The technical center expansion will almost double the current engineering footprint in the facility and increase Cummins’ high-horsepower mechanical development capability. Other capital expenditures will include additional equipment, test cells and other facility upgrades. Preparations for the technical center expansion were scheduled to start immediately, and construction is expected to be completed by mid-2011.

The company also noted a new, largerdisplacement engine will join its current high-horsepower lineup. The new engine will reportedly be larger than the company’s QSK78, currently its most powerful diesel model for mobile mining applications. “Cummins was first to market with our EPA Tier II high-horsepower engines,” said Mark Levett, vice president and general manager of the company’s high-horsepower business. “We are now ready to take this technology to larger high-speed diesel and natural gas engines.”

The Seymour plant builds a number of diesel and natural gas engines, including the 19-l-displacement QSK19, the most powerful diesel in the company’s product line for underground mining equipment.