Machining company growing in Whitley

August 4th, 2016

By SHERRY SLATER | The Journal Gazette

Impact CNC is investing $5.3 million in two Whitley County locations, officials announced Wednesday.

The Columbia City production machining company will install a new production line in its Gateway Industrial Park factory at 1380 S. Williams Drive, an investment of $3.2 million.

It will also expand operations at 802 E. Short St., where it will install $2.1 million in new mills, lathes and other machining equipment. Plans call for adding 25,000 square feet onto the building, according to a news release.

It’s unclear whether this plan duplicates or is in addition to a $5 million investment announced in February 2015. At that time, Impact CNC announced plans to create 80 new jobs by 2018 and buy and equip two vacant factories in Columbia City at 722 E. Swihart St. and 802 E. Short St.

Messages left for the company and Whitley County economic development officials weren’t returned on Wednesday afternoon.

Last year, Impact CNC President Jerry Busche said he employed more than 70 full-time employees at the South Williams Drive facility. At that time, starting wages ranged from $12 to $20 an hour, depending on experience.

Whitley County approved $50,000 in CEDIT-based incentives and a 10-year tax abatement for the investment announced Wednesday, the Whitley County Economic Development Corp. said.

The manufacturer provides computer numerical control machining services to the automotive, heavy-truck, off-highway, and oil and gas industries.