Cummins opens new service, sales center in east Pasco

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Company closed its 58-year-old Pendleton center last month

A global company known for its expertise in servicing engines recently closed its Pendleton operation and moved it to the Tri-Cities.

Cummins invested $250,000 to open a service center at 1708 E. James St. in east Pasco. It expects to employ up to 15 people.

The Columbus, Indiana-based company closed its Pendleton shop June 9 after 58 years. The Oregon facility employed five people.

The 16,000-square-foot Cummins Sales and Service Tri-Cities facility is more than twice the size of the original service location in Pendleton.

The new shop features eight service bays and will provide certified technicians for in-shop and field service for engine work, including on-highway truck, transit and recreational vehicles, construction and agriculture, as well as generator applications for recreational vehicles, residential and commercial buildings.

The company also does a lot of warranty work. Cummins warranties vary by market and application, but the typical HD automotive warranty is two years/250,000 miles.

The Tri-City location also will offer an extensive inventory of new and refurbished Cummins parts.

The Pendleton service center didn’t have nearly as much space to house inventory, said Sandra Ihly, general manager for the Pasco center. It relied on about four sea containers for storage.

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Kristina Lord

Kristina Lord

Kristina Lord has more than 21 years of journalism experience and has been editor of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times since July 2016. She spent more than 17 years at the Tri-City Herald and also worked at weekly newspapers in Prosser, Grandview and Yelm. She’s a longtime member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ William O. Douglas chapter and a board member of Warrior Sisterhood, a Tri-Cities Cancer Center support group. She and her husband have two young daughters and they live in West Richland.

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