Carrier air-conditioning manufacturing to stay in US
The leading air-conditioning manufacturer announces its intentions to keep production in Indiana
The new President-elect of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has been in negotiations with air-conditioning manufacturer Carrier Corp. to convince the firm to keep production going at its Indiana manufacturing plant.
Carrier, which also supplies air-conditioning systems to the United Kingdom, has been threatening to move production to Mexico.
On 24 November (Thanksgiving in the US), Trump tweeted: “I am working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the U.S. (Indiana). MAKING PROGRESS – Will know soon!”
Mr Trump’s promises to help keep manufacturing in the US attracted many voters in states such as Michigan and Indiana, contributing to his shocking victory in last month’s presidential election.
Over 1,400 people are employed at Carrier’s plant in Indianapolis. All employees would have been made redundant over a three year period had the manufacturer gone ahead with its plans to relocate to Mexico.
Carrier is a brand of United Technologies Corp, based in Connecticut. The firm also owns United Technologies Electronic Controls (UTEC), which manufactures HVAC parts in a second plant in Indiana, with over 700 employees. The firm had also announced plans to shut this factory in favour of moving to Mexico.
On 29 November, Carrier tweeted: “We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump & VP-elect Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy…”
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