Trump-noted Car­rier plant starts lay­offs

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — More than 300 Car­rier Corp. em­ploy­ees worked their fi­nal day at the com­pany’s Indianapolis fac­tory as part of an out­sourc­ing of jobs to Mex­ico that drew crit­i­cism last year from then-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump.

Thurs­day was the last day for nearly 340 work­ers at Car­rier’s gas fur­nace fac­tory. An­other 290 work­ers will be let go by Dec. 22.

A com­pany spokesman said Car­rier planned to serve lunch for the de­part­ing work­ers.

Car­rier an­nounced last year that it would close the Indianapolis plant and cut about 1,400 pro­duc­tion jobs in a move ex­pected to save $65 mil­lion an­nu­ally.

Trump re­peat­edly crit­i­cized Car­rier’s Mex­ico out­sourc­ing plan. Weeks af­ter Trump won the elec­tion, Car­rier an­nounced an agree­ment to spare about 800 jobs in Indianapolis.

About 600 jobs are still be­ing elim­i­nated.

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