WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Governor Pat McCrory announced this afternoon that Vertex Rail will be adding 1,300 new jobs at the former Terex Crane facility located on Raleigh Street in Wilmington. The company will manufacture rail tank cars which are in high demand to transport crude oil from North Dakota, Texas and other energy-producing states.
At the announcement in Wilmington, Governor McCrory urged Vertex and all North Carolina companies to strongly consider hiring military veterans.
“Veterans can be a major asset for the Vertex workforce,” Governor McCrory said. “They come to the work place highly trained and their leadership skills can strengthen communities in Brunswick, Columbus, and New Hanover and Pender counties.”
Vertex said in a statement it well be hiring assemblers and fitters, welders, and painters as well as personnel with expertise in engineering, logistics, quality assurance, sales, safety and management. The company reports that salaries will average approximately $40,000 annually.
A job fair is scheduled for Friday morning at the Cape Fear Community College Schwartz Center, located on 411 North Front Street. The event is scheduled from 10 am. to 1 p.m.
Officials said Vertex will work with Cape Fear Community College on customized training programs and will hire graduates from the college’s traditional degree and certificate programs.