North Charleston manufacturing joint venture is extended

This type of Wabco air compressor is used in Cummins’ ISX diesel engine for heavy-duty trucks and buses.

An automotive parts manufacturer has inked a new contract with diesel-engine giant Cummins Inc. that extends their North Charleston-based business partnership.

Under the long-term deal, Wabco Holdings Inc. becomes the exclusive supplier to Cummins in North America for air compressors installed in trucks, buses and industrial equipment.

“This major contract expands the scope of Wabco’s existing U.S.-based joint venture with Cummins, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of diesel engines and related technologies for commercial vehicles,” according to a written statement released Thursday.

The Post and Courier is seeking more details about the new agreement.

The compressor units will likely be made in North Charleston at Wabco Compressor Manufacturing, an 18-year partnership between the two companies. Belgium-based Wabco is the majority owner.

“This contract reaffirms how successfully Wabco’s differentiated engineering, technical and manufacturing support connects with Cummins’ business needs globally,” said Jon Morrison, president of Wabco’s Americas region. “We fully anticipate contributing to the sustained success of Cummins as they continue to make engines that are fuel efficient, dependable and durable for local applications around the world.”

Last year, Wabco announced plans to relocate by early 2016 from Leeds Avenue to a new 145,000-square-foot production plant in the Dorchester County section of North Charleston. The investment was expected to create more than 50 new jobs while helping to sustain about 175 existing positions.

Cummins also has manufacturing operations in North Charleston, where the Columbus, Ind.-based company makes turbochargers.

Contact John McDermott at 843-937-5572.