The president of Hyundai Motor Company was in the United States this week at the same time Mississippi's top economic development officials gave site tours to a group of unnamed prospects.
A spokesman for the South Korean automaker, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday that company president Kim Dong-jin was touring certain areas to discuss a new auto plant.
He did not deny the executive had visited Mississippi.
Hyundai, South Korea's largest automaker, plans to build a one billion dollar car assembly plant in this country that would employ 2,000 people.
Mississippi reportedly is among the potential sites.
A spokeswoman for the Mississippi Development Authority declined to discuss the Hyundai matter, saying the agency does not comment on economic development prospects.
State flight records obtained by The AP under a public records request show that a top MDA executive flew to Dallas on Monday morning to pick up six people for a site visit involving something named Project Beach.