Cummins Continues Commitment To Support Black-Owned Businesses by Selling Mask Operation to Logistics and Supply Company
Before there was a vaccine, the only protection against the spread of COVID-19 was a mask, and Cummins Inc. used its filter technology to produce 146 metric tons of filtration media for mask manufacturers around the world in 2020. Shortly after producing the filtration media, the company began making masks for its own employees. In fact, there have been over 10 million masks produced for Cummins employees companywide.
Now the company is using its U.S.- based mask-making operation to partner with a minority-owned business that wants to expand.
The equipment used to make masks at the Columbus Engine Plant in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), has been sold to a Black businessman in nearby Indianapolis, who plans on creating a disability-friendly employer producing masks beyond the immediate response to the pandemic.
“This sale created a new Black American manufacturer,” said Helena Hutton, Senior Director of Cummins’ Center of Excellence for Supplier Inclusion in Strategic Purchasing. “It illustrates Cummins’ commitment to partner with diverse-owned companies and contribute to generational wealth-building with business leaders of color. I am proud to be part of a company that makes deals like this one happen.”
Christopher Barney, the owner of Team Cruiser, a logistics and supply company that has worked with Cummins in the past, hopes to offer masks for sale to the public later this year.
Priscila Mendes, Vice President of Purchasing, Supply Chain Management said, “This is a chance for Cummins to help build stronger communities where it does business and live the company’s value of diversity and inclusion for all business owners.”