Washington state competed for Tesla factory

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OLYMPIA — State officials say Washington competed to win a massive battery factory for Tesla Motors electric cars, but didn't make the list of finalists.

New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Nevada and California are in the running for Tesla's planned multi-billion-dollar battery plant.

KPLU reports that Washington's Commerce Department confirmed it tried to land the factory with an "aggressive effort" that included the personal involvement of Gov. Jay Inslee.

Tesla describes the plant as a "gigafactory" that could employ more than 6,000 people and produce enough batteries by 2020 to allow the company to make 500,000 cars a year.

Inslee's office says the state does plan to compete for future Tesla jobs.