After striking a deal to save about 1,000 Indiana jobs, President-elect Donald Trump and his Vice President-elect Mike Pence toured the facility where the jobs are being retained.
After the tour, Pence touted the deal, saying, "The American people voted for change last month, and even before taking office our president-elect provided real leadership that made the difference."
Trump celebrated at the Carrier factory, saying, “I just want to let all of the other companies know that we're going to do great things for business. There's no reason for them to leave anymore.”
In February, Carrier announced that they were shuttering two Indiana-based factories and shipping the jobs to Mexico. On the campaign trail, Trump frequently attacked Carrier, saying that he was going to prevent outsourcing by imposing tariffs on companies that shipped jobs overseas.
One of the factories in Indiana will still close, and with it, about 700 jobs will be moved to Mexico. Additionally, Carrier will cut about 600 jobs for the factory they are keeping open.
This is a big win for the incoming administration but an even bigger win for the people of Indiana,
To keep the jobs in the United States, Indiana officials are giving United Technologies Corporation, the parent company of Carrier, $7 million in tax breaks over 10 years.
Pence is still governor of Indiana, so he was uniquely positioned to negotiate state tax incentives that kept the factory open.
United Technologies receives about $5.6 billion annually from contracts they have with the Federal government.
In a statement, Carrier said, "Today’s announcement is possible because the incoming Trump-Pence administration has emphasized to us its commitment to support the business community and create an improved, more competitive U.S. business climate."
We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-elect Trump & VP-elect Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy. More details soon.— Carrier (@Carrier) November 30, 2016
Carrier said it was going to save $65 million a year by moving their factories.
Getting ready to leave for the Great State of Indiana and meet the hard working and wonderful people of Carrier A.C.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 1, 2016
Trump has touted the deal as a sign of things to come for his administration.
But not everyone is celebrating the news.