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

Carrier says it has deal with Trump to keep jobs in Indiana
Washington, Nov 30 (AP) 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 President-elect Mike Pence plan to travel to the state tomorrow to unveil the agreement alongside company officials.
Trump confirmed the meeting on Twitter late yesterday, 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 working-class 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 authorised 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 US 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 criticised Ford after the company said it planned to invest USD 2.5 billion in engine and transmission plants in Mexico. (AP)