Bipartisan Group of Indiana Elected Officials Urge United Technologies to Find Solution That Keeps Jobs in Indiana

Indianapolis, Ind. — A bipartisan group of Indiana elected officials is urging United Technologies, the parent company of Carrier and UTEC, to work to find a solution to continue operations in Indiana. U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, Governor Mike Pence, U.S. Senator Dan Coats, Congressman Andre Carson, Congressman Marlin Stutzman, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, and Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters sent a letter today requesting a meeting with United Technologies. The letter follows last week’s announcement that Carrier and UTEC will move operations from facilities in Indianapolis and Huntington to Mexico, leading to the elimination of more than 2,000 Hoosier jobs. 

In the letter, the Indiana elected officials wrote, “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. 

“We understand that you are meeting with union officials to discuss the decision to move your operations to Mexico.  We ask that Carrier, UTEC, and United Technologies also meet with our offices to discuss this issue, and hope that you come to the table in good faith and work to find a solution to continue this partnership that has brought success to your company and strengthened our communities.                                                                                                                                      

“On behalf of the workers at Carrier and UTEC and the Hoosier communities in which they live, we stand ready to support these discussions.” 

Full text of the letter is below. For a signed PDF copy of the letter, click HERE.

 

February 17, 2016

 

Gregory J. Hayes, President and Chief Executive Officer

Robert McDonough, President, UTC Climate, Controls & Security

United Technologies

10 Farm Springs Rd. 

Farmington, CT 06032

 

Dear Mr. Hayes and Mr. McDonough, 

 

We write to you in support of the 1,400 workers at the Indianapolis Carrier facility and the 700 workers at the Huntington UTEC facility who received the devastating news last week that their jobs will be moved to Mexico. Carrier and UTEC have served as pillars of our communities for decades, and many of the individuals set to lose their livelihoods have given their lives to your company.   

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.  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. 

Just as your workforce has done right by Carrier and UTEC, we are now asking you to do right by them.  We understand that you are meeting with union officials to discuss the decision to move your operations to Mexico.  We ask that Carrier, UTEC, and United Technologies also meet with our offices to discuss this issue, and hope that you come to the table in good faith and work to find a solution to continue this partnership that has brought success to your company and strengthened our communities. 

On behalf of the workers at Carrier and UTEC and the Hoosier communities in which they live, we stand ready to support these discussions.

 

Sincerely,

Senator Joe Donnelly

Governor Mike Pence

Senator Dan Coats

Congressman Andre Carson

Congressman Marlin Stutzman

Mayor Joseph Hogsett

Mayor Brooks Fetters

 

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