North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that Bharat Forge America Inc. will build an aluminum forging plant to manufacture automobile components in Lee County, N.C. The $127.3 million investment will create 304 jobs. The new facility will be part of a larger manufacturing center that will create as many as 460 jobs. According to Bharat Forge, the investment will help it create a strong global manufacturing footprint as part of its aluminum strategy.

Bharat Forge and its subsidiary Bharat Forge Aluminum USA Inc. are part of the Kalyani Group of companies, which is headquartered in Pune, India. Bharat Forge has more than 50 years of experience in manufacturing safety components for the global automobile industry.