By Roberta Rampton and Susan Heavey
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (Reuters) -
R epublican President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday he was
spending part of his Thanksgiving holiday trying to convince an
Indiana air conditioner maker to stay in the United States -
reflecting his election campaign pledge to stop the flow of jobs
Trump, who is also weighing decisions on his Cabinet during
a family retreat at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida, said
on Twitter that he was "working hard, even on Thanksgiving,
trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the U.S.
(Indiana). MAKING PROGRESS - Will know soon!"
Carrier Corp, a division of United Technologies Corp
, responded on Twitter that the company has had
"discussions with the incoming administration" but had "nothing
to announce at this time." A representative for the company had
no additional comment.
Earlier this year, the company said it would move 1,400 jobs
to Mexico from Indiana, giving a three-year timetable for the
The state's Republican Governor Mike Pence - later picked by
Trump as his vice-presidential running mate - decried the
decision, and spoke out against it often on the campaign trail.
Trump made Carrier's decision part of his rallying cry
against trade deals that he said were unfavorable to American
workers and his campaign pledge to bring manufacturing jobs back
to America. He said he would slap taxes on the company's air
conditioners shipped back into the United States.
Asked by Reuters last week whether the company was
reconsidering its decision given Trump's victory in the Nov. 8
election, the company said in a statement that it was "making
every effort" to help its Indiana employees during the shift.
"By providing three years advance notice of the move and by
funding education and retraining programs for up to four years
after the move is complete, we are providing employees with both
time and opportunity to help them to make a smooth transition,"
the company said.
Carrier also cited an agreement it had reached with the
United Steelworkers union about compensation for affected
Trump also railed against Ford Motor Co during the
campaign, and last week took a victory lap on Twitter after the
company informed him it would not shift production of a Lincoln
sport utility vehicle to Mexico from Kentucky.
"I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in
Kentucky," Trump tweeted.
Ford had never considered moving the whole factory south of
the border, but said it was encouraged by Trump's business
Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, announced two new picks
on Wednesday for his Cabinet - South Carolina Governor Nikki
Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and wealthy
Republican donor and school choice advocate Betsy DeVos to lead
the Education Department.
A spokesman for his transition team said there would be no
announcements on Thursday.
(Additional reporting by Nick Carey in Chicago; Editing by Lisa
Shumaker and Frances Kerry)