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‘Project Soccer’ announcement expected in SC, but NC leaders meeting this morning

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The final word on “Project Soccer” is expected this afternoon, and it won’t likely be good news for North Carolina. Continental Tire is expected to announce plans for a plant in South Carolina that could bring as many as 1,700 jobs, the Associated Press report.

Meanwhile, North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco is in Brunswick County this morning. A news release from the Commerce Department says Crisco will meet with leaders in Brunswick County to discuss the status of Project Soccer. He will talk with reporters after the closed meeting.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley yesterday announced plans for major economic development announcement in Sumter County for 2:30 p.m. today. County officials said last week the German tire company would invest up to $1 billion on a plant there, but state officials have not confirmed the details.

State lawmakers have said North Carolina would likely lose out on the deal that would have brought the factory to a site in Brunswick County near the Columbus County, because South Carolina was willing to front millions of dollars in incentives. North Carolina’s offer reportedly would have spread those incentives out over time. Rep. Dewey Hill (D-20th District) said there was the possibility of matching South Carolina’s deal, but Hill said State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger would not agree to the terms.

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