May 12, 2022

Cummins & Hiller: A Partnership That Powers the City

Cummins, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of engines, filtration and power generation products and Hiller Electric Co., a full-service electrical contractor, recently pooled their creative minds on a construction project at Building Omaha’s training facility. The result is an unconventional light show that not only the Building Omaha community can enjoy but the Greater Omaha community can as well. 

Garrett Coon, senior sales representative for Nebraska at Cummins for the past 10 years, and Taylor Richardson, a Hiller Electric Co. electrician for eight years, discuss the unique partnership their two companies formed to light up – spectacularly – Building Omaha’s Generator Room at the Electrical Training Center at 8960 L Street.

The generator is visible from the street, courtesy of a glass wall. When it is not running, the room is bathed in green light. When the power is on, it glows red. 

The two companies tapped into each other’s expertise to make the project – and partnership – a success. Hiller was responsible for installation, start to finish. Cummins cycled the generator to verify that the lights turn on and off as anticipated and in the correct color. 

The collaboration was fruitful from the start, Coon and Richardson say. Coon calls Hiller employees “great communicators” and easy to work alongside. And Cummins, says Richardson, was highly responsive to questions and accessible, coming onsite to troubleshoot and work with the electrical team. 

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