KCST makes engine control units and electronic assemblies for both Honda and Acura automobiles and Honda Power Sports.
Perdue's office said it's a $23 million investment in the county.
"North Carolina, the home of NASCAR, has a strong tradition in auto parts manufacturing because of our highly skilled workforce and customized training programs," said Gov. Perdue. "We have built a top ranked business climate, not just to attract new companies, but to fuel growth among those that are already here. KCST's expansion is another reminder that North Carolina has extended its economy around the globe."
KCST has been in Tarboro since 1997 and currently has 370 employees. Keihin is a Japanese-owned firm that employs 1,800 people at seven locations in North America. Globally, Keihin has facilities in 11 countries and employs more than 16,000 associates.