CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVA) -- Illinois is apparently out of the running for a joint Toyota-Mazda manufacturing plant.
Economic development officials are cited by several media outlets saying the state is no longer in the running for the plant.
One says lack of a shovel-ready site and concerns the Illinois does not have a "right to work" law are behind the reasons.
Toyota and Mazda announced the $1.6 billion dollar project in August.
The plant would create nearly 4,000 jobs and produce the Toyota Corolla and a Mazda crossover vehicle.
16 states threw their hat in the ring for the new production facility, including Mississippi and Alabama.
Toyota currently manufactures the Corolla in Blue Springs and has a shovel-ready site next to the current facility.
Toyota suppliers are also set up in northeast Mississippi to support the production at Blue Springs.
Alabama, home to Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes plants and a Toyota engines plant, says Toyota and Mazda are asking for $1 billion in incentives for the project.
The companies are expected to name the finalists for the new plant by the end of the year.
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