Carrier bargain with Donald Trump inspires hope in manufacturing industry

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President-elect Donald Trump talks with workers during a visit to the Carrier factory, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Workers at an Indianapolis factory say they’re hopeful the deal President-elect Donald Trump brokered to reverse some job cuts there can be repeated elsewhere.

Carrier plant forklift driver Robert James says he’s happy about Thursday’s announcement but disappointed that perhaps 400 jobs at the 1,400-worker factory will still be lost to Mexico.

James says he wants to give Trump a chance to stop other factory closings even as he worries the Carrier decision might be one-shot deal.

Jeffery Blackford is a 25-year employee of Carrier and wore a red Trump baseball cap to Trump’s announcement. Blackford says he believes Trump is letting corporations know they can’t leave America.

A Carrier spokesman says the company received $7 million in state tax incentives to keep the factory running.

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