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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina is no longer in the running for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft assembly plant.

A (NYSE: BA) spokesperson confirmed to WRAL Thursday morning that a site will be selected in either South Carolina or Washington state.

In a conference call with analysts Wednesday, Boeing Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney said the company had narrowed its choices for expansion to Charleston, S.C., where it already operates a plant, and longtime home base of Everett, Wash.

Although not confirming that North Carolina was on a short list, McNerney said several sites were considered.

“Yes, we started with a pretty broad playing field on the second line consideration but we are really down to Everett and Charleston as the choice,” he said, according to a transcript of the call as provided by SeekingAlpha.

“We are sorting through that right now and you should expect a decision over the next couple of weeks,” he added.

North Carolina officials have not commented about whether it was pursuing Boeing, perhaps as a tenant for the Global TransPark in Kinston.

In a conference call from her trade mission to Asia, Governor Bev Perdue said she had known for months that North Carolina would not get the Dreamliner plant. That doesn’t mean the state won’t eventually land some Boeing jobs, she said.

"This discussion is on-going," she said. "It may not be about the Dreamliner, but there are other things North Carolina wants to establish with aerospace and Boeing is the big dog in that room."