A bipartisan group of elected officials—including Gov. Mike Pence and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett—is urging the officials at Carrier Corp. and United Technologies Corp. to rethink their decision to move their operations to Mexico, which will cost 2,100 workers in Indianapolis and Huntington their jobs.
The officials on Wednesday sent a letter to company executives Gregory Hayes and Robert McDonough, and asked for a meeting with them on the heels of what they called “devastating news.” A spokeswoman from Carrier Corp. did not immediately respond to IBJ’s request for comment.
"While we struggle to understand the basis of your business decision, we continue to believe that when we work together we can solve most problems,” the letter read. "It is this pragmatic approach combined with your loyal and talented workforce and their dedication to your brands that has helped Carrier and UTEC to many years of success.”
Along with Pence and Hogsett, the letter was signed by Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, Democratic U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, Republican U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman and Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters.
Carrier Corp. manufactures heating, air conditioning and refrigeration products on Indianapolis’ west side. Elected officials say the company did not notify them of their decision to move operations to Monterey, Mexico
Carrier was awarded more than $5 million in federal energy tax credits in 2013 to help it expand its Indiana operations, but the company said it didn't receive them. It also received about $520,000 in Indiana taxpayer-funded incentives.
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