The employees had just been told the heating, cooling, air conditioning, and refrigeration company was relocating its Indianapolis plant to Monterrey, Mexico.
Around 1,400 people work at the plant. According to a release from Carrier, there will be no immediate impact on jobs.
The relocation process will take place over a 3-year period, according to the company. The work movement is expected to start in 2017, with completion in 2019.
Chris Nelson, president of HVAC Systems and Services North America, released a 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.”
The disappointment is evident in the shock and frustration after the Carrier employees learned the news.