Going South: 3 Factories and 2,400 Jobs

2,400 Blue collar job losses announced in 2 states within past 2 weeks.  Monterrey, Mexico is the lucky recipient.

  • Grand Rapids, MI              DEMATIC             300 Jobs
  • Huntington, IN                  UTEC                    700 Jobs
  • Indianapolis, IN                 CARRIER              1,400 Jobs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD TV) — Around 300 employees will lose their jobs after Dematic decided to move forward with plans to relocate its manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids to Mexico.   Most production activities will be transferred to its facility in Monterrey, Mexico, over the next several months and is expected to be finished by September 2016, according to a press release from Dematic.    The relocation will impact as many as 300 positions in fabrication, assembly, warehouse and plant administration.  Dematic said their decision will not affect more than 900 other positions in sales, engineering, research and development, solution development, customer service, and administration.    For more on this story, CLICK HERE.

HUNTINGTON Ind. (WANE) United Technologies Electronic Controls, Huntington’s largest employer, announced Wednesday it plans to move its manufacturing department to a new facility in Monterrey, Mexico, a departure that will cost the area 700 jobs.  A global manufacturer of microprocessor-based controls for the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, UTEC said it will relocate its manufacturing activities to Mexico over the next two years. The company’s headquarters, engineering and product marketing organizations will remain in the Huntington area.

The announcement comes the same day that Carrier Corp. announced it, too, was shuttering its Indianapolis plant where workers make heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment and moving that manufacturing to Mexico, a plan that will lay off 1,400 workers. Both Carrier Corp. and UTEC are units of United Technologies Corp., which is based in Hartford, Connecticut.      For more on this story, CLICK HERE


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