From The Rant, by Richard Sullins, Billy Liggett and Gordon Anderson
It’s an hour before her table will be swarmed by soon-to-be engineering graduates hungry to get in on the ground floor of largest economic investment in North Carolina’s long history, and Anna Gardner has recruited the help of a 6-foot, 3-inch-tall camel wearing a business suit to help her set up her blue VinFast display.
The camel, whose name is Gaylord, is the mascot for Campbell University, which on this brisk October morning is hosting more than 100 students from its School of Engineering for a career fair featuring 25 industries, from manufacturers like Caterpillar to biotech companies like Amgen, Jacobs and Pfizer.
Gardner’s appearance in Buies Creek is a good sign for North Carolina’s economy, as it’s visual assurance that the Vietnam-based electric car manufacturing company — which broke ground this summer on a massive facility in Moncure just 13 miles north of Sanford — is looking to begin the hiring process for the 7,500-plus jobs it has promised for the region. Those jobs, with an average wage of $51,000 a year, will include assembly workers, warehouse workers, operators, supervisors, technicians, office managers and other “higher ups.”
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