Carrier plant closing shows vagaries of modern manufacturing

By Greg Andrews for the Indianapolis Business Journal

Feb 21, 2016

Get Plant Services delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday! Sign up for  Plant Services' complimentary Smart Minute (Monday-Thursday) and Smart Digest  (Friday) e-newsletters to get maintenance and reliability know-how you can put  to use today, plus the latest manufacturing news from around the Web, white  papers, and more. Learn more and subscribe for free today.

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.”

Read the full story at IBJ.com.

Show Comments
Hide Comments

Join the discussion

We welcome your thoughtful comments.
All comments will display your user name.

Want to participate in the discussion?

Register for free

Log in for complete access.

Comments

No one has commented on this page yet.

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments