Cummins has begun construction of a global technical center office for its High Horsepower Engine Business, beginning with a ground-breaking ceremony on the site of the new building at the Seymour, Ind., facility. The Seymour Technical Center will be co-located with the Seymour Engine Plant in close proximity to 22 test cells dedicated to engine research and development work for mining, rail, oil and gas, marine, power generation and industrial applications.

The technical center and expansion of the manufacturing plant at the Cummins Seymour facility represent an investment of more than $250 million through 2015. The new office building is expected to be ready in August 2015 to accommodate more than 600 specialized engineers and technicians in an eco-friendly working environment, Cummins said.

The STC will become the global focal point for Cummins engine development and low emissions technology for 19- to 120-liter engine platforms. The engineers will work closely with engineers at other high-horsepower sites in the United States, United Kingdom, China and India.

“The additional capability at Seymour in terms of research and development will power Cummins high-horsepower business ahead by introducing new diesel engines reaching over 5,000 horsepower and with best-in-class low emissions technology,” said Ed Pence, vice president and general manager – Cummins High Horsepower Engine Business.

Production will begin later this year on the QSK95, initially for locomotive and power-generation applications. The engine is the most powerful ever built by Cummins with up to 4,400 hp output.

“The test cells and laboratories we now have in place at Seymour bring a new capability by replicating the real-world duty-cycle conditions of equipment to a level of precision not seen before,” added Jim Trueblood, vice president, Cummins High-Horsepower Engineering. “That means we can precisely calibrate the engine from a much earlier point in the development process for specific applications.”

Engines can be tested at the facility on every type of diesel and natural gas fuel, including fuel blends.

Cummins Inc. is headquartered in Franklin, Ind.