SANFORD – Gov. Roy Cooper, VinFast U.S. Manufacturing CEO Van Anh Nguyen, state leaders and local leaders met Wednesday at Central Carolina Community College to provide an update on the Vietnamese-based automaker’s progress in North Carolina.
VinFast plans to turn a former automotive parts factory into a training facility at 21010 Nash St. in Sanford. It’s called The Moore Center, which is where VinFast will train its future workforce.
“Having a well-trained workforce is very important,” Nguyen said. “So, people need to be trained not only the skills to do the job but also the industrialization skills.
“It’s very important. So, you will see a lot activities happening in regards to recruitment and training in 2024.”
Nguyen says VinFast is committed to starting production in 2025 in Moncure. It is delayed from the original plan to open the factory in July 2024.
The electric vehicle company will occupy part of the new campus to train the 7,500 workers it plans to hire for the factory in Moncure. The jobs require highly skilled factory workers and engineers.
The plan is to have North Carolina college students train at VinFast’s Sanford facility.
VinFast’s factory in Moncure is expected to produce 150,000 vehicles per year, which includes two SUV models. Cooper got to drive one of them on Wednesday.
“So much has gone into attracting North Carolina’s first auto manufacturing facility,” Cooper said of the Sanford training facility. “It would not be wise to say we’re not going to do anything to train.
“I think everyone understands we need a facility like this.”
The Moncure facility will be fully automated like the company’s first factory in Vietnam.
WRAL News traveled to Hai Phong in July to show you a behind-the-scenes look at the Vietnamese facilities.