- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - South Carolina appears to have won its second auto plant.

According to The State (https://bit.ly/1cBYQFO ) Georgia officials learned Friday that Volvo did not choose the Peach State - the other finalist for the Swedish carmaker’s first U.S. plant, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Volvo winnowed its choices to two sites near Charleston and Savannah. Governors from both states flew to the carmaker’s North American headquarters in New Jersey last week to make final pitches.

But Volvo has taken a pass on the Savannah site, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations, the Journal-Constitution reported.

Instead, the carmaker decided to build its $500 million plant on a Berkeley County timber plantation, nearly 40 miles northwest of Charleston.

Volvo would become the second European automaker to locate in South Carolina. BMW opened its first U.S. plant in Greer in 1994.

No S.C. sources would confirm Friday that Volvo formally had chosen the Palmetto State for the plant.

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