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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 15 February, 2008
For further information, contact: Debby Wadsworth, 763–574–5395

Cummins Power Generation Hosts Minority Youth Event

– The Cummins Power Generation African & African American Affinity Group – Community Involvement Team (4AG–CIT), a part of the Cummins Multi–Ethnic Affinity Group, is hosting today a first–of–its–kind youth involvement event at the Cummins Power Generation manufacturing facility in Fridley. The event is one of several Cummins activities being held around the country to celebrate Black History Month.

“Part of Cummins dedication to corporate responsibility includes encouraging employees to actively support those organizations and programs that improve life in their communities,” according to Tony Satterthwaite, vice president of Cummins Power Generation’s Worldwide Commercial Genset Business. “Our 4AG–CIT group has done just that by providing youth with the opportunity to learn about our company, the importance of pursuing higher education and resources that are available to achieve their dreams.”

“Event activities have been planned in conjunction with the National Black MBA Association’s Leaders of Tomorrow, Free Arts Minnesota, and The Wilder Foundation’s Project Kofi,” according to Jamal Thompson, senior engineer of Cummins Power Generation and co–chair of the African & African American Affinity Group. “Project Kofi is a culturally specific, school–based mental health program that works with African American boys in grades three through six who are experiencing difficulty in school, personal relationships or other areas of their lives.” Students from Edison High School will also attend the event as part of the Leaders of Tomorrow, a challenging mentorship program for minority students with a grade point average between C– and C+.

The event is being held at Cummins Power Generation’s state–of–the–art manufacturing facility, where commercial generator sets, automatic transfer switches, paralleling switchgear and PowerCommand® controls are made as well as consumer generator sets for marine, residential, recreational vehicle (RV), and auxiliary power applications. Activities for the 35 students include a tour of the plant, actively involved product demonstrations and an RV tour.

Students will also attend a presentation by Mothusi Pahl, strategy and business development manager for Cummins Power Generation, on the resources that are available for them in areas that include education. Pahl grew up in a similar environment and stated “The reason I have been successful is because I have been motivated, and I've been motivated because I have always had a role model and believed in myself.” He continues, “My objective in being involved with minority and urban development programs like Leaders of Tomorrow is to say – hey, we probably grew up with very similar stories. Imagine your dream. Set your goal. And if you would like some help, use us as a resource to help create your plan.”

Project Kofi, meaning “child of growth”, helps children by exposing them to valuable experiences that they may otherwise never have. “Many of the children who will be attending lack positive role models,” said Kemi Adenodi, distribution development administrative coordinator and 4AG–CIT member at Cummins Power Generation. “This is about letting them see the other side of life; to find positive role models, people they can talk to and trust. We hope that visits like this can change their lives.”

Cummins Power Generation, a subsidiary of Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), is a global leader dedicated to increasing the availability and reliability of electric power around the world. With more than 80 years’ experience, its global distributor network delivers innovative solutions for any power need – commercial, industrial, recreational, emergency and residential. Products include alternators, generator–drive engines and pre–integrated power systems, combining generator sets and power control and transfer technologies. Services range from system design, project management, financing and operation and  maintenance contracts to development of turnkey power plants. For more information contact Debby Wadsworth, Cummins Power Generation, 1400 73rd Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432.

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