I heard Donald Trump talk about the Carrier plant in Indiana in person, twice. He used the story of them moving jobs out of America as an illustation of how unfettered globalism is killing the American middle class. He said when he became president, things like this would change. The media, including many talking heads on the right, ridiculed him and said he a president could do nothing to stop this sort of thing. Just who the hell did Trump think he was? He’s full of shit, was their general reaction.
Well, it turns out they were wrong…again:
President-elect Donald Trump and Carrier have reached a deal that will keep nearly 1,000 factory jobs in Indiana, the company said on Tuesday.
Carrier poses an early critical test for Trump, who promised during the campaign to keep American jobs from fleeing to Mexico.
Trump and Mike Pence, the vice president-elect and current governor of Indiana, will be in Indiana on Thursday to announce the deal, Carrier said.
The company, which is owned by defense contractor United Technologies, announced in February that it would close two Indiana plants — a Carrier plant in Indianapolis that employs 1,400 workers and a United Technologies Electronic Controls plant in nearby Huntington, Indiana, that employs 700.
Carrier did not elaborate on the terms of the deal, but it is on the record, as are most other major multinational businesses, as wanting to see a cut in corporate tax rates, especially as it applies to cash earned overseas.
The fate of the more than 400 remaining jobs in Indianapolis was not immediately clear. Nor was it clear whether the 700 jobs at the Huntington plan would be saved.
The company planned to send that work to Mexico starting next year, a move that would have saved it $65 million a year in labor costs, according to the union that represents the workers.
The comes on the heels of Trump convincing Ford to keep some of their jobs in America as well (that was another company he had singled out on the campaign trail).
MORE: Trump will visit IN on Thurs. to announce Carrier deal, which includes new inducements from state; deal spearheaded by Pence – sources
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Are you tired of winning, yet? Trump hasn’t even taken office and he’s already saved a good number of jobs. Who knows the heights he can reach once he is sworn in.