Jaguar Land Rover executives have reportedly taken steps forward regarding a possible new factory in Georgia.
Citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter, the newspaper reported that Deal and state economic development commissioner Chris Carr met with Jaguar Land Rover representatives as the automaker scouts locations in the southeast region of the United States.
Governor spokeswoman Merry Hunter Hipp wouldn't disclose details about the meeting, where property in south Georgia was reportedly discussed.
"We do not discuss the calls due to the sensitive nature of these ongoing business communications," Hipp said in an email to Bloomberg.
The UK's Sunday Times reported in October that Jaguar Land Rover was in talks with several states in the South for a potential factory that would build around 200,000 vehicles a year. Establishing an American facility would let Jaguar Land Rover avoid tariffs on imports while mitigating the effects of changing currency rates.
Last year, the British automaker opened a new factory in China, while a plant in Brazil is slated to open in 2016.
Georgia is rapidly becoming an important location for the automotive world, with BMW, Kia and Volkswagen factories in the region. Porsche's U.S. headquarters are in Atlanta, while Mercedes-Benz is in the middle of transitioning from its Montvale, N.J., base to new digs in Georgia's capital.