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

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.

INDIANAPOLIS — There were gasps of anger and disbelief. There was yelling. At least one person in the crowd of Carrier employees shouted things that cannot be written here. 

The employees had just been told the heating, cooling, air conditioning, and refrigeration company was relocating its Indianapolis plant to Monterrey, Mexico.


“This move is intended to address the challenges we continue to face in a rapidly changing HVAC industry, with the continued migration of the HVAC industry to Mexico, including our suppliers and competitors, and ongoing cost and pricing pressures driven, in part, by new regulatory requirements,” he said.

I think we can all agree that the “continued migration” to Mexico won’t be isolated to the HVAC industry. Ford Motor Company recently announced it’s plans to produce 500,000 vehicles in Mexico by 2018 thanks to trade agreements like NAFTA and now with the signing of the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) America’s future looks bleak to say the least.

Video: Carrier Air Conditioning tells 1,400 factory employees the company is moving to Mexico

Source: The Indy Channel


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