Press Release

Under Secretary Lago to Celebrate Groundbreaking of VinFast Electric Vehicle Facility in Raleigh, North Carolina

Thursday, July 27, 2023
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
Phone: 202-482-3809

WASHINGTON – On Friday, July 28, 2023, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Marisa Lago will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina, to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony of Vietnamese automaker VinFast’s first electric vehicle manufacturing facility in North Carolina.

Under Secretary Lago will join Madame Thuy Le, Vingroup’s vice chairman and the CEO of VinFast Global, and Governor Roy Cooper, among other foreign dignitaries, local elected officials, faith-based organizations, and business leaders as they break ground on the $4 billion electric vehicle and batteries manufacturing complex located in the Triangle Innovation Point in Chatham County, North Carolina. This is VinFast’s first auto factory in North America and Vietnam’s largest foreign direct investment (FDI) project ever in the United States. 

A client of the International Trade Administration’s SelectUSA program, which focuses on attracting job-creating business investments into the United States, VinFast’s FDI in North Carolina is expected to create up to 7,500 jobs in the region. Increasing electric vehicle and battery manufacturing aligns with the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to combat the climate crisis by encouraging the manufacturing and deployment of clean energy technology.


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