Air-conditioning manufacturer Carrier Corp. has faced heated criticism, including from White House hopeful Donald Trump, following its recent announcement it will be closing its Indianapolis plant and transferring production to Monterrey, Mexico. In a column for Contracting Business, Matt Michel, chief executive officer of The Service Roundtable, comes to the manufacturer’s defense.
Michel writes: “I don’t know if Carrier should move production to Monterrey or not. Neither do you. Neither does Donald Trump. I know this was not a lightly made decision. Shuttering a factory and moving manufacturing to another location, whether it’s around the corner or around the world is anything but simple. It’s expensive. It’s disruptive. Count on the fact that lots of careful analysis and consideration was involved. I’m certain the people who made the decision feel like they made the best decision for the long-term interests of the company.”
Additionally, Michel writes: “The move begins in 2017 and will take three years. Give Carrier executives credit for giving people plenty of notice. It’s more than most manufacturers would offer. And give them credit for offering to pay for employee books, tuition, and fees for up to four years through their Employee Scholar Program.”
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