Carrier, a manufacturer of HVAC and refrigeration equipment, had plans to move close to 1,400 jobs to Mexico.
During an April campaign stop in Indiana, Donald Trump made a hefty promise to blue collar workers:
“Within 24 hours they will call back. ‘Mr. President, we’ve decided to stay in Indianapolis.’ If I were in office right now, Carrier would not be leaving Indiana.”
Similarly to his plans to build a wall, not everyone was convinced that he could make good on his promise.
Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers Indianapolis unit, said:
“It’s good to hear, but it probably ain’t reality.”
On Thanksgiving, the president-elect tweeted that progress was being made:
I am working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the U.S. (Indiana). MAKING PROGRESS – Will know soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2016
Still, not everyone was convinced of the reality of his deal.
Scott Shellady, Senior Vice President of TJM Investments, was on the Fox Business Network on Friday and offered his insight into Trump’s supposed “progress”:
“It’s gonna take a lot longer than working on Thanksgiving to have a company see change like that to move something from one country to another. I think it’s a really big deal and it’s nothing that can be solved in a week. That’s more of a 3 or 4 month kind of ordeal.”
Following the election, Carrier leadership began conversations with Donald Trump and Mike Pence in anticipation of him taking office. On Tuesday, Carrier announced it would be keeping close to 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis.
We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-elect Trump & VP-elect Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy. More details soon.
— Carrier (@Carrier) November 30, 2016
Details regarding the deal have not been revealed.
I will be going to Indiana on Thursday to make a major announcement concerning Carrier A.C. staying in Indianapolis. Great deal for workers!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2016
The president-elect and his Indiana native vice president will be heading to the Hoosier state on Thursday, presumably to announce the deal in more detail.