Columbia City, Ind. — A Whitley County-based precision machining company has announced a major expansion, due in part to a contract with farm equipment manufacturer John Deere and Co.

Impact CNC says it plans to invest $6 million in new machinery and add 35 jobs at its Blue River Industrial Park facility in Columbia City, Ind.

The Whitley County Economic Development Corp. says Deere awarded Impact CNC a contract to produce components for the 8000 series of John Deere tractors. Impact CNC says the work will require additional staffing.

At the EDC’s request, the Columbia City Council approved a ten-year tax abatement for the new equipment needed to produce the components for John Deere.

The company, a contract computerized numerical control (CNC) manufacturing plant, also supplies custom parts to the automotive, heavy truck and off-highway vehicle industries.