President-elect Donald Trump spent the Thanksgiving holiday with his family at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Thursday, and spent part of the time attempting to keep a Carrier air conditioning plant in Indianapolis from moving to Mexico.
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
Carrier earlier this year announced that it would close its Westside plant by 2019, laying off 1,400 workers. They layoffs are scheduled to begin next year. Carrier has said it will move those jobs to Monterrey, Mexico, USA Today reported.
Trump campaigned, in part, on keeping manufacturing jobs in America and punishing companies that move work outside the U.S. Trump made a particular example of Carrier, saying he would “tax the hell” out of the company if it followed through on its plan. Trump in the spring said he could persuade Carrier to stay in Indianapolis.
Carrier confirmed on Twitter that it had discussions with the president-elect.
Carrier has had discussions with the incoming administration and we look forward to working together. Nothing to announce at this time.
— Carrier HVACR (@CarrierHVACR) November 24, 2016
While out on the campaign trail Trump said that he would call executives at the company and hit them with high tariffs on furnaces and air conditioners imported from Mexico.
“If they’re going to fire all their people, move their plant to Mexico, build air conditioners, and think they’re going to sell those air conditioners to the United States, there’s going to be a tax,” he said in July.
Carrier already has taken several steps toward moving its Indianapolis operations to Mexico. The company has reached a severance agreement with workers, agreed to repay the city $1.2 million for past tax breaks and refunded $380,000 to the state for grants, USA Today reported.