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Typo from Gov. McCrory’s office says Wilmington company will fire people


A jobs announcement Thursday afternoon from Gov. Pat McCrory’s office had a jarring typo that made an expanding Wilmington company seem a bit cruel.

The news release indicated that Vertex Rail – set to create 1,300 new jobs manufacturing rail tank cars – would get rid of employees who sought training at Cape Fear Community College.

“Vertex will work with Cape Fear Community College ... and will fire graduates from the college’s traditional degree and certificate programs,” the release said.

About 24 minutes later, McCrory’s staff sent out a corrected release, saying they meant to say hire, not fire. Prospective Vertex employees don’t need to worry that advanced training might cost them their jobs.

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, according to the Associated Press. The company says workers will average approximately $40,000 annually.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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