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Trump, Pence and Carrier Corp. Reach Deal to Keep Nearly 1000 Jobs in Indiana

by David Faber, CNBC /  / Updated  / Source: CNBC.com
In this file photo taken April 21, 2009, an air conditioner bears the Carrier logo in Omaha, Neb. Carrier Corp. said Tuesday, March22, 2011, it has agreed to sell its unit that makes air conditioners for buses in the United States and Canada to Mobile Climate Control.
In this file photo taken April 21, 2009, an air conditioner bears the Carrier logo in Omaha, Neb. Carrier Corp. said Tuesday, March22, 2011, it has agreed to sell its unit that makes air conditioners for buses in the United States and Canada to Mobile Climate Control.Nati Harnik / ASSOCIATED PRESS

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The incoming Trump administration and United Technologies have reached an agreement that will keep close to 1,000 jobs at Carrier Corp., which is owned by United Technologies, in Indiana.

Carrier had planned to move production from a key factory in that state to Mexico, taking with it the roughly 1,400 jobs of those who work at the Indiana plant.

But shortly after CNBC revealed that Donald Trump was expected to travel to Indiana on Thursday to reveal that a deal had been reached, Carrier itself confirmed the agreement.

Under a deal negotiated by Vice President-elect Mike Pence and United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes, the company will now keep most of those jobs in Indiana, sources close to the matter told CNBC.

While terms of the deal are not yet clear, the sources indicated there were new incentives on offer from the state of Indiana, where Pence is governor, that helped clear a path for the agreement.

While United Technologies was seeking the savings that would come from moving some production to Mexico, people familiar with the situation indicated that the savings were not worth incurring the wrath of the incoming administration and the potential threat to the significant business that United Technologies currently conducts with the U.S. government, largely in the form of orders for jet engines and other defense-related equipment.

Trump had made the expected departure of the Carrier jobs a key theme in his campaign to capture the White House, using it as an example of the type of trade relationship that hurt U.S. workers.

On Thanksgiving Day, Trump tweeted that he was making progress on negotiating a deal with United Technologies.

CNBC broke the story of the agreement first on Twitter.

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