Car­rier says it has deal with Trump to keep jobs in In­di­ana

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS - By Julie Pace

WASH­ING­TON >> Air con­di­tion­ing com­pany Car­rier Corp. says it has reached a deal with Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in In­di­ana. Trump and Vice Pres­i­den­t­elect Mike Pence plan to travel to the state Thurs­day to un­veil the agree­ment along­side com­pany of­fi­cials.

Trump con­firmed the meet­ing on Twitter late Tues­day, promis­ing a “Great deal for work­ers!”

Trump spent much of his cam­paign pledg­ing to keep com­pa­nies like Car­rier from mov­ing jobs over­seas. His fo­cus on man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs con­trib­uted to his un­ex­pected ap­peal with work­ing­class vot­ers in states like Michi­gan, which has long voted for Democrats in pres­i­den­tial elec­tions.

The de­tails of the agree­ment were un­clear. Car­rier tweeted that the com­pany was “pleased to have reached a deal” with Trump and Pence to keep the jobs in In­di­anapo­lis.

A tran­si­tion of­fi­cial con­firmed that the pres­i­dent-elect and Pence, who is end­ing his ten­ure as In­di­ana gov­er­nor, would ap­pear with Car­rier of­fi­cials Thurs­day. The of­fi­cial in­sisted on anonymity be­cause the of­fi­cial was not autho­rized to dis­cuss the trip ahead of an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment.

Trump said last week that he was “mak­ing progress” on try­ing to get Car­rier to stay in In­di­ana.

In Fe­bru­ary, Car­rier said it would shut­ter its In­di­anapo­lis plant em­ploy­ing 1,400 work­ers and move its man­u­fac­tur­ing to Mex­ico. The plant’s work­ers would have been laid off over three years start­ing in 2017.

United Tech­nolo­gies Elec­tronic Con­trols also an­nounced then that it planned to move its Hunt­ing­ton man­u­fac­tur­ing operations to a new plant in Mex­ico, cost­ing the north­east­ern In­di­ana city 700 jobs by 2018. Those work­ers make mi­cro­pro­ces­sor-based con­trols for the HVAC and re­frig­er­a­tion in­dus­tries.

Car­rier and UTEC are both units of Hart­ford, Con­necti­cut-based United Tech­nolo­gies Corp. — which also owns Pratt & Whit­ney, a big sup­plier of fighter jet en­gines that re­lies in part on U.S. mil­i­tary con­tracts.

In a Septem­ber de­bate against Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton, Trump railed against Car­rier’s plans.

“So many hun­dreds and hun­dreds of com­pa­nies are doing this,” Trump said. “We have to stop our jobs from be­ing stolen from us.

We have to stop our com­pa­nies from leav­ing the United States.”

Car­rier wasn’t the only com­pany Trump as­sailed dur­ing the cam­paign. He pledged to give up Oreos af­ter Nabisco’s par­ent, Mon­delez In­ter­na­tional, said it would re­place nine pro­duc­tion lines in Chicago with four in Mex­ico. He crit­i­cized Ford af­ter the com­pany said it planned to in­vest $2.5 bil­lion in en­gine and trans­mis­sion plants in Mex­ico.

Chuck Jones, pres­i­dent of United Steel­work­ers Lo­cal 1999, which rep­re­sents Car­rier work­ers, said of Tues­day’s

news: “I’m op­ti­mistic, but I don’t know what the sit­u­a­tion is. I guess it’s a good sign . ... You would think they would keep us in the loop. But we know noth­ing.”

The event Thurs­day in In­di­ana will be a rare pub­lic ap­pear­ance for Trump, who has spent nearly his en­tire ten­ure as pres­i­den­t­elect hud­dled with ad­vis­ers and meet­ing with pos­si­ble Cabi­net sec­re­taries. He plans to make other stops later this week as part of what ad­vis­ers have billed as a “thank you” tour for vot­ers who backed him in the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

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