Chris Nelson, president of HVAC Systems and Services North America, released the following statement about the move:
"This move is intended to address the challenges we continue to face in a rapidly changing HVAC industry, with the continued migration of the HVAC industry to Mexico, including our suppliers and competitors, and ongoing cost and pricing pressures driven, in part, by new regulatory requirements, Relocating our operations to a region where we have existing infrastructure and a strong supplier base will allow us to operate more cost effectively so that we can continue to produce high-quality HVAC products that are competitively positioned while continuing to meet customer needs."
Chuck Jones, the president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, told Carrier employees there was no hope of saving their jobs.
The major difference has to do with wages.
Indianapolis employees make about $34 per hour with salary and benefits, while workers in Mexico will make an average of $6 per hour with salary and benefits, and Carrier says there is no way to compete with that.
Politicians at the local, state and federal level have vowed to do everything they can for the Carrier employees.