Carrier to shutter Indianapolis plant, costing 1,400 jobs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment maker Carrier Corp. plans to shutter its Indianapolis plant and move that manufacturing to Mexico, costing about 1,400 workers their jobs. The company announced Wednesday that it would begin eliminating its Indianapolis...

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment maker Carrier Corp. plans to shutter its Indianapolis plant and move that manufacturing to Mexico, costing about 1,400 workers their jobs.

The company announced Wednesday that it would begin eliminating its Indianapolis workforce in 2017 and continue those layoffs through 2019.

United Steelworkers Local 1999 represents about 1,300 of those workers. Local 1999 spokesman Chuck Jones tells WTHR-TV those jobs pay on average up to $24 per hour.

Carrier's residential HVAC headquarters and engineering group will remain in Indianapolis.

Carrier's president of North American HVAC systems and services, Chris Nelson, said in a statement the company is closing the plant in response to "the continued migration of the HVAC industry to Mexico." He says that migration has included the company's suppliers and competitors.

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