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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It looks like “Project Soccer” will kick off in South Carolina instead of North Carolina. The project was expected to bring hundred of jobs to our area and millions of dollars in investments.

For months southeastern North Carolina has been in competition with South Carolina to score “Project Soccer,” which is the code name for what is believed to be Continental Tire’s newest manufacturing plant. But state Rep. Dewey Hill (D-20th District) says it’s not likely to happen in the Tar Heel State.

Hill says both states have offered $45 million to the tiremaker, but South Carolina has offered the money up front throwing us out of the game. Hill says North Carolina still has a small chance of winning the project, but it would mean support from state Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, the highest ranking Republican in the Senate.

Hill says right now Berger is not willing to commit.

“His reputation will go down in Brunswick and Columbus, Bladen, New Hanover and Pender, I guarantee it big time, if he messes this deal up,” Rep. Hill said. “I believe he probably needs to take a look at that right now.”

Hill says Continental Tire officials from Germany are flying into the area tonight. He expects them to announce that they have chosen South Carolina for the project.

Sen. Berger’s spokeswoman said that Berger cannot comment until the company makes a final decision.

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