A subsidiary of U.K.-based Firth Rixson Ltd. is expanding its factory near Savannah and adding 75-100 new employees.

Firth Rixson Forgings LLC‘s Liberty County facility makes nickel- and titanium-based critical rotating discs used in aircraft engines.

The company will add an isothermal forging press, which shapes metal using heat, and a fully automated manufacturing line, increasing the plant’s floor space by 20 percent.

“This expansion facilitates the development of unique technological partnerships, guaranteeing supply-chain security for the (aerospace) industry customer base,” said David Mortimer, CEO of Firth Rixson, in a news release.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal welcomed the decision and pointed out that not every state can support such an expansion with a highly trained workforce.

“Georgia can, and I give great credit to our academic facilities, especially those on the coast, for providing the quality of training companies such as Firth Rixson require,” said Mr. Deal in the news release.

Groundbreaking for the expansion is set for January 2012, just one year after the facility opened last January.

Firth Rixson Ltd. owns 12 production facilities in Asia, Europe and North America. The company provides metal components to aerospace companies such as Rolls-Royce Group plc, General Electric Co. and Pratt & Whitney.

For more information, visit www.firthrixson.com.