TARBORO, N.C. – Keihin Carolina System Technology plans to add 50 jobs and invest $13 million to invest its high-tech auto parts manufacturing plant in Tarboro.

The company makes engine control units and electronic assemblies for Honda and Acura vehicles as well as Honda Power Sports.

KCST has operated in Tarboro since 1997 and already has 370 employees at that plant. The firm operates in 11 countries with some 16,000 workers.

Gov. Bev Perdue announced the KCST expansion.

Also on Friday, Perdue announced that another automotive parts manufacturer would add 170 jobs at facilities in Hamptonville and Yadkinville.

Lydall makes thermal and acoustical products. It employs 500 people in Hamptonville.

The company will invest $18.5 million as part of the expansion.

North Carolina awarded Lydall a $300,000 One North Carolina Fund grant, which requires a local match.

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