The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 9:59 am

Whitley sites given new life

Sherry Slater The Journal Gazette

A Whitley County production machining company plans to crank out up to 80 new jobs by 2018.

Impact CNC is investing $5 million to buy and equip two vacant factories in Columbia City at 722 E. Swihart St. and 802 E. Short St.

The 55,000-square-foot Swihart location is expected to open this spring. The 35,000-square-foot Short factory will gear up in the fall.

The manufacturer provides computer numerical control machining services to the automotive, heavy-truck and agricultural industries, mostly in North America.

Impact President Jerry Busche already employs more than 70 people full time in a 40,000-square-foot factory at 1380 S. Williams Drive in Gateway Industrial Park, Columbia City. He founded the company in 2012. The expansion is fueled by increasing demand from new and existing customers, Busche said.

Last year, Impact CNC was one of 27 businesses designated as Indiana Companies to Watch, an awards program recognizing privately owned companies that have experienced exceptional growth, employ six to 150 full-time workers and have between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue or capital.

The awards program is presented by the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Indiana Small Business Development Center and the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

"We’ve got a lot of goals we’d like to achieve," Busche acknowledged in a phone interview Wednesday.

The IEDC offered Impact CNC up to $220,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $60,000 in training grants, based on the company’s hiring plans, according to a statement released late Tuesday. The Columbia City Council has approved a property tax abatement.

Impact, which is willing to train employees, is looking for experienced and novice production workers. Wages range from $12 to $20 an hour, depending on the position and experience, Busche said.

Anyone interested in working for the company should go to to fill out an application.

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