Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is in a strong position to continue expanding in global markets and meet its long-term growth targets, Cummins Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Linebarger told shareholders at the Company’s annual meeting today. Linebarger highlighted Cummins’ 2011 results, including record financial performance with sales up 36 percent from 2010 to more than $18 billion, and earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) up 54 percent to $2.56 billion. Cummins’ outstanding 2011 performance and the strong start to 2012 positions the Company to achieve its goal of $30 billion in sales in 2015, he said. “Our technology leadership in markets around the world enables Cummins to capitalize on the macro trends that are shaping the global economy – stringent emission standards, rising energy prices, globalization and infrastructure growth,” Linebarger said. The Company’s profits have tripled over the past decade as investments in growth, new products and leading-edge technology have paid off, he said. Cummins’ strategy to focus on five growth accelerators makes it possible to meet the challenges of the changing global economy – adopt a growth mindset, develop from a multinational to a global company, achieve supply chain excellence, deliver Customer Support Excellence (CSE), and invest in leadership development. “I’m proud to report a strong year in 2011 with record financial performance and I believe our future is even brighter as we capitalize on our current strengths and future opportunities,” said Linebarger said. “However, I am even more proud of the hard work and commitment of the 44,000 Cummins employees who come to work each day not only making a difference here, but having a positive impact on the community as well.” Linebarger thanked Cummins employees across the world for their hard work, highlighting numerous examples of how they exemplify corporate values through both their work at Cummins as well as in the community. More than 16,000 Cummins employees spent about 130,000 hours working to better their communities, he noted.