BRP, the parent of Sea-Doo and Evinrude, said it plans to create 70 jobs over the next three years at its facility in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. The Montreal-based company also plans to invest US$1.1m in the facility.

A press release from the North Carolina Governor’s office said the state provided a US$210,000 grant for the expansion.

"The grant from the government of North Carolina, along with BRP's capital investment, will help bring this facility's infrastructure and labor force on par with its vision,” said Frank Bailey, director Powertrain US, BRP, in a statement. "BRP products are the best in the world, and many of our engine components are built right here in North Carolina.”

BRP currently employs more than 160 at the Spruce Pine facility, which makes aluminium, castings and foam models for the marine, automotive, trucking, railroad and construction industries.