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DaimlerChrysler to Not Build Ga. Plant

September 23, 2003

ATLANTA (AP) _ DaimlerChrysler said Tuesday it will not build a van plant near Savannah that the state had hoped would bring thousands of jobs and provide a big boost for the state’s economy.

``The decision has been made not to proceed with it,″ said Othmar Stein, director of communications for the Stuttgart,Germany-based manufacturing company.

The $754 million plant was to have been built at a 1,500-acre site in Pooler, 12 miles west of Savannah, to manufacture Sprinter cargo vans.

Stein said DaimlerChrysler was concerned with ongoing currency fluctuations and a ``difficult automotive market.″

Dan McLagan, a spokesman for Gov. Sonny Perdue, said state officials are ``going to continue to work with them but we are going to entertain other possible suitors.″

The state has committed millions of dollars to infrastructure at the site, but McLagan said, ``Everything that’s been spent has been generic _ the kind of thing any company would need. It remains a viable megasite for any number of industries.″

The company had been expected to make a decision on the plant in July.

Georgia offered a $320 million inducement package.

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