WOWO talks UTEC job loss with Huntington Mayor

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Most of us know by now, that roughly 1,000 jobs at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis have been saved, but many WOWO listeners are still concerned about jobs at United Technologies Electronic Controls in Huntington.

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UTEC is part of United Technologies, the parent corporation of Carrier, and come 2017, about 700 jobs will be outsourced to Mexico. Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetter tells WOWO News how the job losses are impacting the community.

“It’s a devastating thing for anybody that’s involved directly, but it’s also important to understand that this has a regional impact. This doesn’t just affects Huntington and Huntington County, its affects Marion, Grant County, Wabash, Wabash County, Bluffton, Wells, a lot of surrounding counties.”

Jobs could start being outsourced as soon as February 2017 and beyond.

“Our commitment here is to make sure that those who are affected by these decisions, get the support they need to make good a transition here in the next 12 to 18 months.”

Meanwhile, he and several other mayors in the area have been reaching out to other companies to fill the gap.

 

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