Baker said if/when Boom hits its original goal of 1,761 workers, it would bring the total PTI campus workforce to over 10,000 given its current level of around 8,600.
“Combined, we are already the fifth largest employer in the Triad sector,” Baker said.
Governor Roy Cooper said he is confident that Boom, along with Toyota Motor North America’s electric vehicle battery plant at the Greensboro-Randolph megasite, will inspire students and young adults to pursue advanced manufacturing training.
“We need to make sure we can provide the educated, diverse workforce that these companies need, and they believe we can,” Cooper said.
“We know that there are labor shortages in several areas.
“By creating these new, better paying jobs, supply chains will follow, which in turn will help create the ecosystem we need to support these projects,” Cooper said.
Will the suppliers come?
With Boom only taking up 65 of the 1,000 acres available for economic development at PTI, there should be plenty of room for vendors to set up shop next to or near the superfactory.
Baker said PTI and the airport authority are limited in terms of hiring because the Federal Aviation Administration “requires airport land to be used by tenants who must be on an airport.”