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

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 (http://is.gd/tCzjTC ) 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.

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

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Information from: KPLU-FM, http://www.kplu.org/