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Auto maker picks N.M. over N.C.

20 February, 2007

Auto maker picks N.M. over N.C.

Tesla Motors, a California start-up automotive company, put the brakes on proposals from North Carolina and chose Albuquerque, N.M., instead for its first car plant. The plant will employ 400 people and cost $35 million, according to a news release from the New Mexico governor's office.

The News & Record previously reported that Tesla had received numerous proposals from developers throughout North Carolina. A 600-acre site, owned by Samet Corp., was thought to be on Tesla's short list.

That site, just inside Mebane, is a remnant from the 1,200-acre property offered to Mercedes-Benz in 1993 for a production plant. The German car maker also opted to build elsewhere.

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