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COLUMBUS, Ind. -- J. Irwin Miller, 95, who built Cummins from a family business into a Fortune 500 company, died Au...


COLUMBUS, Ind. — J. Irwin Miller, 95, who built Cummins from a family business into a Fortune 500 company, died Aug. 16.

Cummins now employs more than 25,000 employees in 131 countries and makes more than $6 billion in annual sales.

Cummins employees’ appreciation of Mr. Miller was reaffirmed at the April 1997 Cummins shareholders’ meeting when an emotional Conrad Bowling, the then president of the Diesel Workers Union, paid tribute to the retiring executive.

He said:

“You were at the top of the company with lots of important strategic world issues vying for your attention, yet you always had time for those of us on the shop floor dealing with the issues of today’s production. We could talk to you, and we knew you would listen. You came to our gatherings, and we knew that you cared.”


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