Trump Claims Progress With Carrier

The President-Elect tweeted on Thanksgiving that he is making progress on convincing the manufacturing company to keep jobs in the U.S.

Merven McIntyre

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INDIANAPOLIS – On Thanksgiving Day, President-Elect Donald Trump tweeted that he was “making progress” on convincing United Technologies subsidiary Carrier to abandon their plans to close an Indianapolis HVAC equipment manufacturing plant with the purpose of moving production to Mexico.

Carrier announced their plans to relocated to Mexico in February. The plan is expected to take about three years and will affect 1,400 employees.

The move was a topic during the election, as Trump stated several times that he would be able to negotiate with Carrier to prevent the relocation. At a rally in Indianapolis, Trump stated “Here’s what’s going to happen. I’ll get a call from the head of Carrier and he’ll say, ‘Mr. President, we’ve decided to stay in the United States.’ That’s what’s going to happen - 100%.”

Members of the United Steelworkers Union, which represents most of the 1,400 employees slated for dismissal had been hopeful they would hear of some sort of progress after the election. Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers Local, was glad to hear of progress after being skeptical that Mr. Trump had only made promises that he woudl not keep. “I really figured that since the campaign was over and Mr. Trump had won that that would be the last we’d hear about Carrier or trying to keep these jobs,” said Jones.

Shortly after Trump’s tweet, Carrier responded with one of their own stating that there was nothing to announce at this time.