INDYSTAR — Two Indiana plants that make products for the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry are shifting their manufacturing operations to Mexico, which will cost about 2,100 workers their jobs, company officials announced Wednesday.
Carrier is shuttering its manufacturing facility on Indianapolis’ west side and moving its operation to Mexico, eliminating about 1,400 jobs during the next three years.
United Technologies Electronic Controls announced Wednesday that it will 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 Corp. and UTEC are units of Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies Corp.
Carrier announced Wednesday that it would begin eliminating its Indianapolis workforce in 2017 and continue the layoffs through 2019. The company’s plan is being discussed with United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents the employees who face termination.
“This decision is difficult, and we recognize the impact on employees, their families and the community. We are committed to ensuring that our employees are treated respectfully and to working closely with their representatives throughout this transition,” said Chris Nelson, Carrier’s president of HVAC systems and services for North America.