Tenn. and Miss. may tussle over Cummins facility

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Mississippi may be trying to lure another distribution warehouse across the state line from Memphis.

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell tells The Commercial Appeal ( that Tennessee officials are preparing incentives to retain a facility run by diesel engine maker Cummins Inc.

A number of distribution centers and factories have moved into Mississippi's DeSoto and Marshall counties in recent years, where officials offer larger tax breaks and open land.

Tennessee officials offer property tax breaks, but revenue losses from those abatements have been criticized by some Memphis residents and municipal union leaders.

Cummins, based in Columbus, Indiana, expects to expand, adding about 50 jobs. Company spokesman Jon Mills says Cummins is considering its options.

The Greater Memphis Chamber reports nine companies have moved to Mississippi, costing Memphis nearly 2,300 jobs.


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