Air conditioning company Carrier announces it will keep close to 1,000 jobs at its plant in Indiana after reaching a deal with President-elect Donald Trump. Linda So reports.
It's a pledge Donald Trump campaigned hard on and now can claim victory for. Carrier, the air conditioning company, says it has reached a deal with Trump to keep 1,000 jobs at its factory in Indianapolis instead of moving them to Mexico. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence plan to visit the plant on Thursday to outline the details. Welcome news for factory workers. SOUNDBITE: LAKEISHA AUSTIN, CARRIER EMPLOYEE, SAYING: "Truly a blessing. If it happens, I can say it would truly be a blessing." Carrier had announced back in February plans to close its factory in Indianapolis and move the jobs to Mexico. On the campaign trail, Trump promised to keep U.S. jobs from moving overseas, a message that appealed to blue-collar workers in the Midwest. SOUNDBITE: LAKEISHA AUSTIN, CARRIER EMPLOYEE, SAYING: "I would say just thank you for doing what you said you were going to do, because when it comes to presidential candidates sometimes, if not all of the times, a lot of the times they don't do what they promise they were going to do." Carrier, which is owned by defense contractor United Technologies, has a strong incentive to keep good relations with Trump's incoming administration, given the company benefits from billions of dollars in federal spending.