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

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    President-elect Donald Trump, center, ate dinner with Mitt Romney, right, and Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus at Jean-Georges restaurant tonight in New York.

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 President-elect 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 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.

Neither Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for commerce secretary, nor Steven Mnuchin — the banker picked to be treasury secretary — would discuss specifics about the agreement on Wednesday. But Mnuchin told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that Trump and his administration are “going to have open communications with business leaders.”

He said Trump called the CEO of Carrier’s parent company and said it was “important to keep jobs here.”

Both Trump and Pence, who is ending his tenure as Indiana governor, are expected to appear with Carrier officials Thursday.

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 president-elect 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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  • #MAGA…ahead of schedule!
    Heartfelt wonderful news…workers must feel it is a Christmas miracle.
    Shout out…”P.E.Trump & VP E. Pence..you go guys!”
    January 20, 2017 #MAGA

    • It says in the first paragraph that “nearly 1,000 jobs” will be kept in Indiana. But later on, it’s mentioned that the Carrier plant actually has 1,400 workers. What happens to the other 400 workers?

      The other company, UTEP, still plans to move its manufacturing operations to Mexico, costing 700 jobs.

      400 deleted Carrier workers + 700 UTEP jobs lost to Mexico = 1,100 jobs lost.

      1,100 > 1,000

      • @ MillionMonkeys
        1. NEVER believe AP & the MSM who are in collusion with the LOST party (Wikileaks).
        2. Negative speculating, denigrating is normal, more so from the losing side.
        3. Tomorrow PE Trump VPE Pence & Carrier will have a news conference & more details will emerge…e.g. Tax incentives, pending reductions of regulations etc?
        4. What did O do for Carrier/employees when the bad news was announced?
        5. In reference to #4 what was HRC’s plan to help Carrier/employees?

        CARRIER…14 hours ago
        We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-elect Trump & VP-elect Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy. More details soon.

        So far PE Trump is DOING & providing optimism, something I haven’t seen & felt in 8 years.
        I’m giving PE Trump & VPE Pence a chance & I like what they’re doing.
        This Christmas & New Years will be great!

        #MAGA

        • No whining. Simple math. No digging deep. Just using whatever’s in the article, which understandably is not full of details.

          There aren’t enough facts to prove either PRO or CON is correct.

          Just based on what’s in the article: 1,100 > 1,000

        • No whining. Simple math. No digging deep. Just using whatever’s in the article, which understandably is not full of details.

          There aren’t enough facts to prove either side is correct.

          The math based on what’s in the article is: 1,100 jobs lost > 1,000 jobs remaining in Indianapolis

        • What did the “deal” cost us?

          How much is this costing the taxpayer per job saved?

          Do you know or understand anything about the economics of this “deal”? I’m pretty sure the answer to that is no.

        • The deal probably will not cost the taxpayers as much as the $80 billion Obama used to bail out the auto industry.

        • Trump has done more in one day than Obama has done in eight years and he isn’t even President yet. The crickets are still chirping. Get you all need some more education.

        • If you had a college education before joining, you would at least be a 1st Lieutenant. And retired at least a major instead of sarge.

  • We are still a democracy right? We aren’t a country with a fascist regime in place are we? The leader of the free world making deals with individual companies? Saving 1400 jobs at the cost of what? What is the deal? The worker’s union doesn’t even know what the deal is…does it involve federal subsidies? Federal tax breaks? The president can just unilaterally and without approval make this kind of micro decision? I really want Mr. Trump to succeed…the country needs to get back on its feet…but I am sure that everyone, including the working class citizen that voted for him (meaning all of us unwashed peons that do not make more than a million per year) are hoping that big tax breaks for big companies will will have benefits that trickle down to all of us living in the muck.

    • Interesting math: It says in the middle of the article that Carrier’s Indiana plant has 1,400 workers. However, it says in the first paragraph that “nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana” will be saved. What happens to the other 400 workers?

      And, as you mention, the workers’ union has no idea what the deal is. I can’t help suspecting someone is going to get screwed in this deal.

      Also reported is that UTEP is moving to Mexico, costing Hastings, Indiana 700 jobs by 2018. No mention of what, if anything, Trump wants to do about that.

      For those who can read, this is not a feel-good story at this point. Yet, the headline makes it sound like the Trump has already “saved” the USA economy. Proof again that the MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS BIASED!

      • “the headline makes it sound like the Trump has already “saved” ”

        I did not read it that way.
        My first thought was for the people whose jobs got saved.
        I am sure it was a big deal for them.

        • Keonigohan – I see you still didn’t ask your 4th grade History teacher what the word racist means.

        • @ K K K aka klastri aka kauia aka Kurt on Kauai…. I didn’t have to ask..Mrs. Nakamoto told the class to be beware of anyone named AngryNastyRacistLib zookeeper.
          Mrs. Nakamoto was right.

        • @ K K K aka klastri aka kauai aka Kurt on Kauai..

          “President Obama is like a tenant who has been evicted from a property, and he’s going to trash the place on the way out”
          ~ @SheriffClarke

        • Keonigohan – You are lying again, as you always do. You continuously – with no evidence whatever – attribute the words of one person to another.

          You are as ill as Mr. Trump is.

    • You recall Solyndra? You recall bailouts for Chrysler and GM? It is definitely the business of political leaders to keep constituents employed. This is nothing new, but it is recently overlooked.

  • On the surface, it’s great PR and awesome for the thousand facing job loss. Buried in the story is this paragraph:

    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.

    Are we talking pay-to-play here? You save a thousand jobs and we’ll remember when your contract runs out?

  • I guess all the negative responses means that those folks would rather have seen all the jobs stay or leave. It’s called the “Art of the Deal”, you don’t get everything you want and the other person doesn’t either. I’m sure the 1000 workers who keep their jobs won’t complain one bit about the deal.

  • This is what conservatives feared about Trump. Conservatives see this as a subsidy to Carrier. We pay carrier to keep an inefficient plant in the US as the Cato Institute put it. But Unions and Sanders supporters love it. I personally am happy to see Trump keep to his pro-worker promises. Hopefully we did not have to give too much to get Carrier to stay.

  • And what was OUR President and the Indiana congressional delegation doing all this time? Reminds me when the base closing commission was going to close down Pearl Harbor Navy yard–and who came to the rescue??? A Republican governor!! While our Democratic delegation, including our very senior senator, Uncle Dan just accepted it!!!

    • You Nailed it Serious! It’s sad that ,even though This “Republican Governor” saved hundreds of Jobs,they didn’t even have the common courtesy to acknowledge her achievement. This is the Democrat Mentality of ungratefulness. Sad!
      Check out my Moderation (below).What’s there to “Moderate”? The Libs posting here w/more rash ,scathing words and yet, they are given a Free Pass?

  • Outstanding! Good job President Trump! The guy is not even Sworn into office and he’s making positive strides! Simply Amazing!
    Now ,why didn’t The Democrats and your’s Truly President Barrack Hussein Obama think of this first? They didn’t have a Clue! President Trump Calls Carrier and he get results,how awesome is that!
    I keep telling Democrat Libs,you guys were “Played” for a long time! Big League! Time to WAKE UP!

    • How much did this deal cost the taxpayer? Do you know?

      It’s easy to buy jobs, and essentially put people on the public payroll. Do you know what the terms of this deal are?

      The correct answer is no.

        • I was wrong about the election. And if you think that means I don’t understand law or government, well then don’t read my comment. I couldn’t care less what you think. Really.

        • @ sarge22..my contribution to your 3 statements if I may:

          S/he ain’t wise in that sense…wiseazz yes!

          S/he has been WRONG on everything s/he predicted/claimed…from Officer Darren Wilson’s exoneration being overturned by s/his friends…Brexit will cause the stock market to CRASH…attending BLM meetings in Hawaii but couldn’t come up with contact info when I asked…being in J.A.G….GW Bush appointed him to a Fed Judgeship (with s/his mindset it is a WHOPPER)…etc etc..the latest WHOPPER of ALL TIME..Crooked Nasty hiLIARy will win in a LANDSLIDE!

          And lastly…s/he is beyond help.

          lol

          January 20, 2017 #MAGA

          ps…word out is Gov. Sarah Palin may be in his cabinet!

        • Keonigohan – You are lying again, as always. Always. You continuously use your imagined sleuthing powers to attribute the words of one person to another. You do things that adults simply do not do.

          Mrs. Palin couldn’t even finish her term as governor. She never finished anything she started, including learning how to speak English. She is ever less qualified than Mr. Trump is for government service.

      • I can recall one Senator, the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee–who did intervene one time. He got $125,000,000 for HIS bank in Hawaii and yes, Uncle Dan somehow figured a way that they didn’t pay it back. And, THAT people was taxpayer money down the Ali Wai drain!!!

  • Hopefully they make sure that deal is valid before signing anything or getting any promissory note from Trump. Trump is a master bait and switch artist and has conned many businesses before, and looks like Carrier will be left holding the bag and end up in bankruptcy just like Trump’s other business ventures if they are not careful. Trump’s answer probably will be the usual “sue me”.

  • I don’t think I realized that part of the duties of the POTUS was to negotiate labor practices with a private company in one state. And before he’s even inaugurated. Who knew?

    • Wow, I guess this is what we will have to expect from the losing side. Instead of praising this deal to keep jobs in America, they dis it without knowing the facts. Trump is going to work for the people of America instead of bowing to other countries. You go PE Trump, these next four years are going to be great!#MAGA

      • There aren’t enough details in this article to either dis or applaud this little deal. If you are saying this proves “Trump is great,” you are at least as biased and blind as those who say “Trump is terrible.”

        I hope Trump does something to improve education in this country. Literacy and reading comp should be high priorities, in this age of false news stories on the Internet.

  • Under Obama, the government was paid back every penny of the money used to bail out the auto industry. Let’s see what happens here when all the details come out. How much is it going to cost US taxpayers? The Donald cannot just wave a magic wand and save those jobs. I think we all want to hear the rest of the story.

  • Maybe Trump told them if you stay here we will cut your taxes but if you go you will get zapped. Just have to wait and see for his press conference, not that i’m going to watch it.

  • at least it shows PE Trump is trying to save jobs which nerobama would not even try to save these jobs he would have let them go to Mexico, because nero did not really care for these Americans keeping there jobs he wants them unemployed. so way to go trump.

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