RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The decision by Toyota and Mazda to build a car factory in Alabama means another economic miss for North Carolina, one of the rare Southeast states never to land a modern car-maker.

The car companies on Wednesday announced Alabama at their choice over North Carolina for a factory that could eventually employ 4,000 workers.

North Carolina has recruited and failed to land factories over the past quarter-century that BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Volvo and others instead built in other Southeast states.

State Senate leader Phil Berger expressed bitter disappointment at losing out again, but the Republican praised Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and his top business recruiter for doing everything possible to close the deal.

Berger thinks North Carolina lost out primarily because the state is distant from its existing parts suppliers.