February 10 was an important date to mark for Carrier manufacturing workers in Indianapolis since this is the day the news about their company moving to Mexico exploded. This brought different reactions to them but the majority of the crowd shared the same sentiments; they were angry at the company for making such decision, according to Reuters on Feb. 16.
Carrier has been a flagship company of the country after it was founded in 1915. As an independent American company, this is where many of the residence of Indianapolis relied for their livelihood. The company is reputed all over the country as well. Its products are endorsed by many companies including Enhanced Heating and Air Conditioning Services. That is why workers of such company are confident that they have stable jobs that will secure their family in their financial needs even in the years to come. Therefore, the news about the relocation of such heating, cooling air conditioning and refrigeration company in the next 3 years shocked all of its workers. In fact, one of them walked out even before the meeting was over. This transition or transfer of Carrier’s facilities from Indianapolis to Mexico will commence in 2017.
The news about the planned transfer was announced by the company’s president; Chris Nelson. In the course of his announcement, the crowd’s reactions were obscenities and jeers. Therefore, Nelson had to plead to the crowd to calm down so he can finish such an important announcement. “I want everyone to understand clearly that the choice to relocate is mainly a business decision and nothing else”, Nelson informed the crowd. “I understand that this is such a difficult move that the company has to take since it will be affecting a lot of jobs, creating a great impact on your family and the community as a whole”, Nelson added.
According to WTSP.com, the move has to be done so they can overcome the challenges that they are facing in today’s HVAC industry. There are ongoing immigration of such business to Mexico, including their suppliers and competitors. Other factors include the pricing pressures and ongoing cost of operation as well as new regulatory requirements. And moving to a place where the company already has an existing infrastructure as well as strong supplier base will help reduce the company’s operational expenses, allowing them to retain the high quality of all their HVAC products. This is the only way they can meet their clients’ needs.
Carrier is just one of United Technologies plants and Indianapolis is not the only area affected by their business decisions. Another plant in Huntington, Indiana will also be relocated and this was also announced the same day the announcement was made to Indianapolis workers. Such decision will also result to the loss of 700 jobs in Huntington, Indiana.
However, workers are not left alone in their hurdles. Indianapolis Mayor; Joe Hogsett assured Carrier workers that help will be available in the event that they will be left without jobs. In fact, he made an executive order to help the affected carrier workers. They will offer training, job seeking as well as education services to these workers.