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Trump to announce 1000 factory jobs deal

Wednesday 30 Nov 2016 5:06 p.m.

Trump spent much of his campaign pledging to keep companies like Carrier from moving jobs overseas (File)

Trump spent much of his campaign pledging to keep companies like Carrier from moving jobs overseas (File)

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US air conditioning company Carrier Corp says it has reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1000 jobs in Indiana.

Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence planned to travel to the state on Thursday to unveil the agreement alongside company officials.

Trump spent much of his campaign pledging to keep companies like Carrier from moving jobs overseas.

His focus on manufacturing jobs contributed to his appeal with working-class voters in states like Michigan, which has long voted for Democrats in presidential elections.

The details of the agreement were unclear. Carrier tweeted that the company was "pleased to have reached a deal" with Trump and Pence to keep the jobs in Indianapolis.

A transition official confirmed that the president-elect and Pence, who is ending his tenure as Indiana governor, would appear with Carrier officials on Thursday.

Trump said last week that he was "making progress" on trying to get Carrier to stay in Indiana.

In February, Carrier said it would shutter its Indianapolis plant employing 1400 workers and move its manufacturing to Mexico. The plant's workers would have been laid off over three years starting in 2017.

United Technologies Electronic Controls also announced then that it planned to move its Huntington manufacturing operations to a new plant in Mexico, costing the northeastern Indiana city 700 jobs by 2018. Those workers make microprocessor-based controls for the HVAC and refrigeration industries.

Carrier and UTEC are both units of Hartford, Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp.

In a September debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Trump criticised Carrier's plans.

"So many hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this," Trump said. "We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us. We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States."

AP. 

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