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TD Kenny 450Cummins Employee Spotlight: Kenny King

Name: Kenny King

Job Title: Mechanical Engineering Technician

How many years have you been with Cummins? What was your first job?

I’ve been with Cummins for almost 23 years. I started in January of 1992 on second shift as a pre-apprentice at the Cummins Technical Center in Columbus, Indiana.

What do you do when you’re not working at Cummins?

I grew up farming and carry on that tradition today. It’s a fourth generation family farm and we grow corn and soy beans, and raise a few head of cattle.

What do you drive?

I drive a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 crew cab long bed 4×4.

How many Cummins-powered Rams have you owned?

We currently have three. My first was a MY1998.5 Dodge Ram 2500 4×4. My favorite truck is the 2003 that I’m currently driving. It has plenty of power and runs as good today as it did new. It spends a fair amount of time with heavy loads behind it going back and forth between the fields. It’s also nice having four doors for the family.

How many Cummins-powered vehicles or pieces of equipment do you own?

I currently have six Cummins-powered pieces including the three Dodge trucks. The other three are as follows:

  • 1992 Ford F350 that was a 460ci gas 4×4 with an automatic transmission – I repowered it with a MY2000 ISB5.9L 245 Manual.
  • Kenworth Service truck with mechanics bed and boom
  • 1997 Case IH 2188 Axial Flow Combine

Why do you purchase Cummins-powered vehicles/equipment?

Spending time in Research and Development and seeing first-hand how abusive the engine tests are was a real eye opener. After test, we do a complete teardown of these engines and I’m still amazed at how great the internals look.

What’s been your best project you’ve been a part of?

The best project was a volunteer project where we built the 5.9L high pressure common rail (HPCR) engine that went in the Banks Sidewinder truck and set the new diesel truck land speed record. The unique part of this engine build that most people don’t know is that all the parts were from the scrap hopper. The coolest part was getting a ride in the Sidewinder and feeling the power of that Cummins engine. I grinned for at least a week after that test spin.

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