Company to add 20 new jobs in Columbia City

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE)  Warner Electric LLC has announced plans to consolidate its South Beloit, Illinois operations to Columbia City, creating up to 20 new jobs by 2018. Warner Electric makes PTO clutches and brakes for lawn tractors, agriculture equipment, and diesel engines

The company will invest two million dollars to lease a 96,000 square-foot facility on a 12.9 acre campus near Columbia City. The new facility, which will be modified for Warner Electric by July, will allow the company to consolidate its Midwest operations, including its three facilities in Whitley County, into one location.

Founded in 1963 as Alcoils, Warner Electric supplies clutches and brakes for original equipment manufacturers. The company primarily serves the agriculture, turf, and garden industries, with expectations to increase production capacity upon consolidation.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Warner Electric LLC up to $50,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $75,500 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Whitley County approved additional tax abatement at the request of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.

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