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Mon Dec 19, 2016, 09:51 PM

Carrier Corp. blamed fed rules, but claim's tough to measure

Story below. Because of Carrier, I insisted Lennox provide union made certification on our new furnace. I was expecting a label. I got this including the model and serial #'s!

USA TODAY NETWORK James Briggs, The Indianapolis Star 7:54 p.m. EST December 19, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence first tried to keep Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis, the company told him federal regulations had made it impossible to stay.

Pence met with officials from Carrier's parent company, United Technologies Corp., in March after it announced plans to close factories in Indianapolis and Huntington and move a combined 2,100 jobs to Mexico. Pence asked what Indiana could do to retain the jobs. Company executives dismissed the question.

"They said don't even bother," Pence, now vice president-elect, said during a recent appearance on ABC's This Week. "They said we the avalanche of regulations coming out of Washington, D.C., the taxation, it just they said we can't make it happen."

A lot has changed since March. Donald Trump became president-elect in November, with Pence as his running mate, and the incoming administration quickly reached an agreement with Carrier to save up to 800 jobs. United Technologies officials say Trump's pledge to cut through the Obama administration's red tape gave them confidence to keep building furnaces in Indianapolis.

FULL story: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2016/12/19/carrier-corp-federal-rules/95634612/

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