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Car Parts Manufacturer Will Bring Hundreds of Jobs to Lee County

The average salary will be just over $47,000.

SANFORD, N.C. — More than 300 jobs are coming to Sanford, North Carolina. 

Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that Bharat Forge America, Inc., will build an aluminum forging plant to make car parts in Lee County. It will create 304 jobs at the facility, and will be part of a larger manufacturing center that will eventually bring as many as 460 jobs to the Triangle region. 

The company is pumping over $127 million into Sanford - its biggest overseas investment in North America. 

Jobs will include craftspeople, machine operators, and technicians. While salaries will vary by position, the average wage will be $47,056. The current Lee County average wage is $41,567. 

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“Global industrial manufacturer Bharat Forge is making its largest overseas investment in Sanford because our quality workers along with our other resources will help drive demand for their products,” said Governor Cooper.

Bharat Forge is part of the Kalyani Group of companies, headquartered in Pune, India. It's a $3 billion Indian conglomerate employing 10,000 people all over the world. According to a release from Governor Cooper's office, the new facility in Sanford 

“This project confirms North Carolina’s strength as one of the top destinations for foreign investment in the United States,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “Companies representing more than 40 countries have located operations here, thanks to the many business advantages offered by our state.”

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