Saturday, February 13, 2016

Carrier in Indy, UTEC in Huntington to move units to Mexico, costing 2,100 jobs

'F--k you!" Workers react to news that their 1,400 jobs are being sent to Mexico — WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE

Mayor Joe Hogsett issues executive order to assemble local, state and federal resources for displaced workers and calls shutdown 'incredibly disappointing.'

Update: It's unlikely other U.S. manufacturing companies will move to Mexico, economic experts said. Carrier and UTEC's move is highly unusual, they said.

Two Indiana plants that make products for the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry are shifting their manufacturing operations to Mexico, which will cost about 2,100 workers their jobs, company officials announced Wednesday.

Carrier is shuttering its manufacturing facility on Indianapolis' west side, eliminating about 1,400 jobs during the next three years.

United Technologies Electronic Controls announced Wednesday that it will 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 Corp. and UTEC are units of Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies Corp.

Carrier  announced it would begin eliminating its Indianapolis workforce in 2017 and continue the layoffs through 2019. The company’s plan is being discussed with United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents the employees who face termination.

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