Currently, Alabama has 57,000 residents employed in the auto industry, with 25,000 jobs in the automotive supplier chains among more than 160 companies.
The area targeted for the plant is a 1,252-acre tract of farmland in Limestone County's Greenbrier community which is part of Huntsville.
Mercedes-Benz occupies the west, Honda the east, with Hyundai in the south.
The icing on the cake is the less quantifiable issues, like the incentives." It's unclear what incentives Alabama may have had to offer.
The Greensboro (N.C.) News and Record lamented that the state's 1,900-acre Greensboro-Randolph megasite — dubbed by one consultant "the prettiest piece of dirt I've ever seen"— was rejected.