Even before the news of blatant good ol' boy Democrat corruption broke, SC had the edge. They already had railroad tracks in place, and even with an existing right of way, extending the line past Vulcan and out to the site would have been a long fight. Plus, CSX would have crunched the numbers and if the tires alone didn't pay for it, the state would have had to.
South Carolina's location has a much quicker access to the interstate highway system.
Continental's North American corporate headquarters is already in South Carolina.
SC is the smart choice for Continental. Neither Purdue's little crooked check-writers nor Senator Berger had much impact on this one.
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