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Rail-car maker to bring 1,300 jobs to Wilmington

Posted November 13, 2014

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— A company that makes tanker rail cars plans to open a plant in Wilmington that will employ more than 1,300 people, officials said Thursday.

Vertex Rail plans to invest $55 million to convert a facility near the Cape Fear River formerly owned by Terex Crane to produce up to 5,000 tanker cars a year to transport crude oil from North Dakota, Texas and other energy-producing states.

Vertex said in a statement it will be hiring assemblers and fitters, welders and painters, as well as personnel with expertise in engineering, logistics, quality assurance, sales, safety and management. Salaries will average about $40,000 annually.

Vertex will work with Cape Fear Community College on customized training programs, officials said.

The North Carolina departments of Transportation and Commerce are contributing $305,000 combined from the Economic Development Fund to restore the River Road crossing and signals near the plant, while the Rail Division of DOT is contributing another $200,000 from the Freight Rail & Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Fund to upgrade the rail spur to the plant.

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  • Brandon White Nov 13, 2014
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    Just a hint of what is to come with the approval of the Keystone pipeline! Thanks Legislature and Govenor. The only thing in America's way now is to get rid of the tyrannt at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

  • abwhite88 Nov 13, 2014

    Awesome!

  • beaupeep Nov 13, 2014

    Thanks Pat!