Lay­offs be­gin at In­di­ana Car­rier plant

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

INDIANAPOLIS» More than 300 Car­rier Corp. work­ers were be­ing laid off Thurs­day from 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.

The nearly 340 work­ers clocked out af­ter their fi­nal shifts at Car­rier’s gas fur­nace fac­tory. An­other wave of 290 work­ers will be let go by Dec. 22 un­der a timetable the com­pany an­nounced in late May.

Car­rier an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary 2016 that it would close the Indianapolis plant and cut about 1,400 pro­duc­tion jobs in a move ex­pected to save $65 mil­lion an­nu­ally by mov­ing fur­nace pro­duc­tion to Mex­ico.

Weeks af­ter Trump won the elec­tion, Car­rier an­nounced an agree­ment bro­kered by the pres­i­den­t­elect to spare about 800 jobs.

But some 600 jobs are still be­ing elim­i­nated by the out­sourc­ing.

The In­di­ana Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Board in March ap­proved an in­cen­tive pack­age that in­cludes di­rect­ing $7 mil­lion in state tax breaks and grants over 10 years to the com­pany. As part of that deal, Car­rier is in­vest­ing $16 mil­lion for au­toma­tion at the Indianapolis plant.

The com­pany’s CEO has said that will ul­ti­mately mean fewer jobs at the fac­tory.

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