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Carrier plant closing shows vagaries of modern manufacturing

By Greg Andrews for the Indianapolis Business Journal

Feb 21, 2016

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Carrier Corp. is getting pummeled in the court of public opinion these days, thanks to its recently announced decision to shutter its 1,400-employee furnace factory on Morris Street and move operations to Monterrey, Mexico.

To be sure, it sounds cold-hearted to swap out Indianapolis workers making $23 an hour for Mexican workers who might earn one-quarter of that.

Yet John Weber, then the CEO of Pendleton-based Remy International Inc., exposed a nugget of truth a few years ago when he told IBJ: “When someone finds me a customer willing to pay more money for a product made in Pendleton, Indiana, I will be glad to put a facility in Pendleton, Indiana. But I haven’t found that customer yet.”

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