RALEIGH, N.C. — An engineering and design company based in Maryland is expanding to North Carolina.

Spatial Integrated Systems, which is focused on 3D data capture and processing applications, said Thursday it would open an operation at the Global TransPark near Kinston. The company will create 37 jobs and invest $2.75 million in the facility over the next three years.

Governor Mike Easley announced the decision, adding that the firm would receive a One North Carolina Fund grant of $100,000. Those types of grants require a matching amount from local governments.

“Spatial Integrated System’s decision to open a facility in North Carolina is excellent news for the hardworking people of Lenoir County,” Easley said. “This only strengthens North Carolina’s reputation as a business-friendly state with a highly skilled workforce that makes our state an ideal location for businesses to locate and expand.”

Spacial Integrated Systems, which was founded in 1997, said the new facility would be used to help create a digital manufacturing network for the development and manufacture of aircraft parts. It also plans to include a data hosting center.

“Over the last year, Spatial Integrated Systems studied several areas suitable for its expansion,” said Ali Farsaie, the firm’s chief executive officer, in a statement. “When we looked more closely at all the benefits for both the company and its employees, there was a stronger business case for coming to North Carolina.”

Farsaie is a graduate of North Carolina State University.

The jobs will pay an average of $67,600 per year plus benefits. The average salary in Lenoir County is $26,364 plus benefits.

Other participants in the company recruitment process were the N.C. Department of Commerce, the Global TransPark Authority, the GTP Foundation, Golden LEAF Foundation, Lenoir County, Lenoir Community College and Neuse River Development Authority.

Spatial Integrated Systems: www.sisinc.org