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On Twitter, Trump Cites Progress on Restoring Indiana Jobs – New York Times

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A Carrier plant in Indianapolis employing more than 1,400 workers is scheduled to close, with production moving to Mexico. Credit Whitten Sabbatini for The New York Times

Following up on a campaign promise that appealed directly to his Rust Belt base, President-elect Donald J. Trump said Thursday that he had reached out to the Carrier air conditioner company in Indiana to ask it not to move more than 2,000 factory jobs from Indiana to Mexico.

In a post on Twitter Thursday morning, Mr. Trump said: “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!”

During both the primary and general election campaigns, Mr. Trump frequently cited the February decision by Carrier and its corporate parent, United Technologies, to close two Indiana factories and move production to Mexico as an example of how Nafta and other free-trade agreements had failed American workers.

In a recent New York Times article, workers at one plant in Indianapolis warned that they would withdraw their support for Mr. Trump if he did not keep his promise to bring back overseas jobs.

The two plants — a Carrier factory employing more than 1,400 workers in Indianapolis and a United Technologies plant with 700 employees in Huntington — are profitable, but pay workers $ 15 to $ 26 an hour — about what the company’s workers in Monterrey, Mexico, earn in a day.

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“Everyone is posting about it on Facebook and there’s a lot of excitement,” said Paul Roell, a Carrier worker in Indianapolis. President-elect Donald Trump posted on Twitter Thursday that he had reached out to Carrier Corporation about a plant closing. Credit Whitten Sabbatini for The New York Times

In a time of slow economic growth and intense pressure from Wall Street to improve profits, moving production south of the border seemed like too good of an opportunity for United Technologies’ executives to pass up.

However, a shaky video of the announcement on the Carrier factory floor — and the furious reaction of workers — went viral in February. It caught Mr. Trump’s attention, prompting a furor throughout the campaign.

In a tweet Thursday after Mr. Trump’s tweet, Carrier confirmed that the president-elect had reached out, but refused to say what steps, if any, management was now considering.

“Carrier has had discussions with the incoming administration and we look forward to working together,” the company said. “Nothing to announce at this time.”

For workers in Indianapolis, the Twitter exchange provided a ray of hope on an otherwise anxious Thanksgiving holiday.

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