By: Zack Duvall
Thursday was the last day of work for 300 workers at the Carrier gas furnace production plant in Indianapolis, Indiana as the company follows through with the first part of its plan to outsource 600 of the plant’s 1,400 jobs to Mexico.
Carrier had originally planned to close down the plant completely, but faced severe backlash from Democrat and Republican members of Congress as well as fierce outcry from Americans energized by the 2016 election.
The move by the company, announced during the height of the presidential campaign, is expected to save roughly $65 million annually, and was the source of fierce criticism from then candidate Donald Trump who vowed strict import policies and taxes that would be “very bad” for Carrier.
In the weeks after taking office President Trump and Carrier company executives announced a deal that would save over half of the jobs at the Indianapolis plant, and allow for the layoffs to be done in two planned phases. Giving workers and their families time to find other employment.
The company said that they were planning a lunch for the workers impacted by the layoffs in a statement released Thursday.
The second round of layoffs is expected to come on December 22, and is set to see an additional 290 jobs moved to the new Mexico plant.