Following up on a campaign promise, President Elect Donald Trump has re-affirmed his promise to keep the Carrier air conditioner company in Indiana.
Previously, there had been rumours to re-locate the plant to Mexico, which would have left over 2,000 Americans jobless, but when Mr. Trump became President, her made it clear he would fight for it to remain in the US.
He recently 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!’’
During both the primary and general election campaigns, Mr. Trump frequently cited the February decision by Carrier and its corporate parent, United Technologies, to close two Indiana factories and move production to Mexico as an example of how Nafta and other free-trade agreements had failed American workers.
Workers from the plant in Indianapolis also said they would withdraw support for Trump if he did not look in to the issue immediately.
The two plants — a Carrier factory employing more than 1,400 workers in Indianapolis and a United Technologies plant with 700 employees in Huntington — are profitable, but pay workers $15 to $26 an hour — about what the company’s workers in Monterrey, Mexico, earn in a day.
In a time of slow economic growth and intense pressure from Wall Street to improve profits, moving production south of the border seemed like too good of an opportunity for United Technologies’ executives to pass up.
However, after a furious reaction from workers caught the attention of Trump, he decided to act as soon as possible. (When he was appointed President)
Video: Carrier workers protest at decision (warning: contains strong language)
In reply to Mr. Trump’s tweet, Carrier confirmed that the new President elect had reached out, but refused to say what steps, if any, management was now considering.
A spokesperson said; ‘‘Carrier has had discussions with the incoming administration and we look forward to working together. There is nothing to announce at this time.’’
For workers in Indianapolis though, the Twitter exchange provided a ray of hope on an otherwise anxious Thanksgiving holiday.
‘‘Everyone is posting about it on Facebook and there’s a lot of excitement. We’d be really pleased if Mr. Trump could do something here.’’ Said Paul Roell, who had worked at the company for over 17 years.
Another colleague, who did not want to be named, said;
‘‘This was a very welcome gift for Thanksgiving. It was literally like my prayers had been answered. Hopefully he has the power to stop the company transferring to Mexico.
‘’ The factory has been an institution in my family.
‘‘My brothers work here, my uncle works here, and my father worked here too. It would be a huge shame to have it uprooted, I think the whole town would be devastated.’’
We’ll have more news as it happens.