Kimber Drop Forgings of West Midlands, U.K., invested $1.6 million in a new forge at its Gawne Lane site in Cradley Heath. The facility is fully air-conditioned, sound-proofed and features a 70-cwt hammer capable of producing forged parts up to 165 pounds (75 kg), which is 50% larger than the company’s previous maximum. Kimber Drop Forgings, which expects to add five new jobs to handle the increased capacity, will focus on securing additional contracts to manufacture automotive suspension and brake components. The company offers forgings and machined parts in steel, stainless steel, carbon, aluminum and other materials to the oil and gas, automotive, construction, mining and other markets.