RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina business recruiters assembled the largest package of tax breaks and other sweeteners in state history in a failed bid to land as many as 7,250 Boeing aircraft manufacturing jobs.
Documents and emails released to The Associated Press in response to a public records request show the state offered up to $683 million if the aircraft builder settled on a factory at Global TransPark near Kinston. Lesser offers for work coming to Charlotte or Greensboro still were more than double the largest state offer to successfully land an employer.
Dell was offered more than $300 million in 2004 to open a computer assembly plant near Winston-Salem. North Carolina and the 20 other states that sought the manufacturing jobs were ultimately dwarfed by Washington state's promise of nearly $9 billion.