United Technologies repays state incentives ahead of Mexico move

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) United Technologies has reportedly repaid state training grants as it prepares to relocate its two Indiana plants to Mexico.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Thursday that United Technologies has paid back more than $380,000 to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, which it had awarded to Carrier Corp. and United Technologies Electronic Controls of Huntington previously. These funds will be redeposited into the IEDC’s Skills Enhancement Fund, which provides assistance to businesses to support training and upgrading skills of employees, the state said.

In February, United Technologies broke news that UTEC, Huntington’s largest employer, would move its manufacturing department to a new facility in Monterrey, Mexico, a departure that will cost the area 700 jobs. The same day, Carrier Corp. announced it, too, would shut down a 1,400-worker factory in Indianapolis and move production to Mexico.

In the weeks that followed, Pence and other lawmakers met with officials from United Technologies, first to persuade them to stay in Indiana, then to recover taxpayer investments through incentive contracts.

At least one of those attempts has succeeded.

“While I was extremely disappointed with Carrier and UTEC’s decision to relocate manufacturing operations and Hoosier jobs to Mexico, I appreciate their commitment to repay state and local incentives as they promised when I met with them last month,” said Pence. “My administration has made it a top priority to support the employees, their loved ones and the communities affected by this decision and to protect Hoosier taxpayers. Today, I am pleased to announce that these companies have repaid state and local incentives, and I thank Carrier and UTEC for following through on the commitment they made to the state of Indiana.”

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