The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, January 01, 2020 1:00 am

Columbia City to add jobs

35 new positions as Impact CNC lands Deere contract

SHERRY SLATER | The Journal Gazette

A new contract to make parts for John Deere tractors has prompted a Columbia City company to invest $6 million in new machinery and create 35 new jobs, officials announced Tuesday.

Impact CNC, a locally owned manufacturing company, is installing the machinery at its Short Street factory in Columbia City's Blue River Industrial Park.

The company specializes in contract computerized numerical control – typically abbreviated CNC.

Jerry Busche, Impact CNC's owner, described the John Deere contract as “another great milestone” for the company, which will machine parts for the 8000 series tractors.

“I believe in the coming years, John Deere will be a major customer and will help ensure Impact CNC is a stable and growing company for our employees and the community,” Busche said in a statement.

A news release from the Whitley County Economic Development Corp. described pay and benefits for the new jobs as competitive. Hourly wages will range from $17 to $22, depending on the position and applicant's experience.

Impact CNC, one of Whitley County's largest employers, supplies the automotive, heavy truck, off-highway, oil and agricultural industries. The company couldn't be reached Tuesday for a current workforce total.

The Columbia City Council has approved a 10-year tax abatement for the new equipment.

Jon Myers, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corp., applauded the announcement in a statement.

“I think this demonstrates our strength in the agricultural economy, and the ability for our businesses and workforce to provide value along the agricultural supply chain,” he said.

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