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Trump reaches deal to keep 1,000 jobs at Indiana plant from moving to Mexico

Bray said he and other workers were waiting to hear details about how many jobs would remain in Indiana, which jobs would remain, and what the president-elect had done to persuade Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs in the state.

November 30, 2016

Editor's Comment: The Indiana workers average between $15 and $26 an hour. Carrier pays its workers in Monterrey, Mexico – where it was planning to move its Indianapolis plant – about $2 or $3 an hour.

Nine months after announcing plans to move more than 2,000 jobs from Indiana to Mexico, the Carrier Corporation said Tuesday evening that it had reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,000 of those jobs in Indiana.

Carrier said via Twitter that it would announce more details soon. The New York Times reportrf that, according to transition team officials, Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is Indiana’s governor, would appear at Carrier’s Indiana factory on Thursday to announce a deal.

During the presidential campaign, Trump had repeatedly attacked Carrier’s plant-closing plans after a video went viral last February showing a Carrier official telling hundreds of shocked employees of the company’s plans to close its Indianapolis plant. Trump has threatened to impose a 35% tariff when American companies seek to import goods they once made in the US but now produce in Mexico.

“Most people feel pretty happy about the news,” said TJ Bray, an assembly line worker for 14 years at Carrier’s factory in Indianapolis. “It looks like they’re staying.”

Bray said he and other workers were waiting to hear details about how many jobs would remain in Indiana, which jobs would remain, and what the president-elect had done to persuade Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs in the state.

In Indianapolis, Carrier workers were debating whether Trump had persuaded the company to alter its plans by offering tax breaks and reduced regulations or by threatening Carrier with various punishments if it went through with its plans.

The Indianapolis Star reported that state incentives had helped to persuade Carrier to keep the 1,000 jobs in the state. Pence will remain governor until 20 January.

In February, Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies, said it would move two Indiana operations to Mexico: a Carrier furnace and fan coil plant in Indianapolis with 1,400 employees, and a United Technologies factory in Huntington, Indiana, about 100 miles north-east of Indianapolis with 700 employees.

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Tags:   Jobs & Economy    Carrier    Donald Trump    Indiana
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Trump reaches deal to keep 1,000 jobs at Indiana plant from moving to Mexico
Trump reaches deal to keep 1,000 jobs at Indiana plant from moving to Mexico