Carrier Now Eyes 'Significant' Indy Investment
With just hours until President-elect Donald Trump is set to further detail a deal to keep more than 1,000 Carrier Corp. jobs in Indianapolis, the company says it also plans to make "significant investments" into the furnace facility on the city's west side. In a statement, Carrier says Trump and Vice President-elect Governor Mike Pence are committed to creating an "improved, more competitive" business climate in the nation. It also touted the yet-to-be-specified state incentives as a key factor in the decision.
In an interview Wednesday with Inside INdiana Business, 25-year Carrier employee Kipp Glenn said morale at the plant was "sky-high" once news the company will be reversing course on a decision to cut 1,400 jobs was leaked.
Carrier Corp. says the agreement negotiated with Trump administration officials will benefit employees, the company and the state and it will continue to manufacture gas furnaces in Marion County. The move also includes the retention of engineering and headquarters staff and the Indianapolis operation will be designated by Carrier as a Center of Excellence.
A statement from the company also adds: "This agreement in no way diminishes our belief in the benefits of free trade and that the forces of globalization will continue to require solutions for the long-term competitiveness of the U.S. and of American workers moving forward."
The Carrier Corp. statement: