Car­mak­ers eye N.C., Ala.

The Buffalo News - - BUSINESS -

Alabama and North Carolina are the fi­nal states in the run­ning to win a prized Toy­ota Mo­tor Corp. and Mazda Mo­tor Corp. joint car fac­tory worth $1.6 bil­lion, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

The au­tomak­ers have been nar­row­ing the list for weeks, knock­ing out al­most a dozen other con­tenders that un­til re­cently in­cluded Ten­nessee, Texas and South Carolina, the peo­ple said. Mazda and Toy­ota plan to an­nounce their fi­nal choice by early next year, Akira Maru­moto, Mazda’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent, told re­porters in Tokyo ear­lier this month.

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