Carrier: Demand Drives Layoff Delay

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Carrier Corp. says a round of layoffs that had been scheduled for December 22 has been pushed to January. The company, citing rising demand and attrition, tells Inside INdiana Business the previously-announced cut of 290 positions has been reduced to 215.

A round of nearly 340 workers were let go in July as part of high-profile plans that included outsourcing some work performed at the Indianapolis campus to Mexico and a $16 million investment touted by then-President-Elect Donald Trump that involves making Indianapolis a gas furnace production Center of Excellence. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. in March pledged an incentive package totaling $7 million to Carrier, which says it will retain 1,000 jobs in the city, 800 of which had previously been slated to be cut due to outsourcing.

Over the course of a decade, the IEDC expects the Carrier campus to have a $32 million economic impact on the local economy.

Read the recent statement from Carrier on it's Indianapolis Operations:

As part of our previously announced plans to relocate fan coil manufacturing production lines from Indianapolis, approximately 215 employees will leave Carrier on Jan. 11, 2018. This is a change from the previously announced date in December.

More than 1,100 jobs remain at the Indianapolis facility in keeping with our 2016 commitment. Jan. 11 is the final separation date for employees impacted by the fan coil manufacturing transition. Fewer employees than expected have been impacted due to attrition.

We continue to actively engage with our workers and the community to provide impacted employees with resources to make a smooth transition, including education, training and an opportunity for employment across UTC’s manufacturing operations.

Carrier is proud to continue to manufacture gas furnaces in Indianapolis. We have also designated our Indianapolis facility as a Center of Excellence for gas furnace production, with a commitment to making significant investments to enable a world-class furnace factory.

United Technologies, Carrier’s parent company, announced in June that over the next three years it expects to hire nearly 25,000 people in the U.S., of which more than 5,000 new positions will be created in support of the company’s innovative new products.

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