Trump team, Carrier reach deal to keep "close to 1,000" jobs in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - President-elect Donald Trump's team has reached a deal to keep hundreds of Carrier jobs in Indiana.

CNBC broke the story, citing sources in reporting the deal with United Technologies Tuesday evening, which will keep close to 1,000 factory jobs in Indiana. The network says the deal will include new inducements from the state and was spearheaded by Vice President-elect Gov. Mike Pence.

Carrier confirmed the deal on Twitter.

"I don't know what Pres. Elect Trump did but he did what he said," Local 1999 President Chuck Jones told Eyewitness News political reporter Kevin Rader Tuesday evening.

Sources with Trump's transition team tell Eyewitness News both the president-elect and vice president-elect will speak at the Carrier factory in Indianapolis Thursday afternoon. The event in Indiana will be a rare public appearance for Trump, who has spent nearly his entire tenure as president-elect huddled with advisers and meeting with possible Cabinet secretaries. He plans to make other stops later this week as part of what advisers have billed as a "thank you" tour for voters who backed him in the presidential campaign.

Indiana politicians reacted to the news throughout the evening Tuesday.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana) also released a statement about the deal Tuesday night:

"This is welcome news for the Hoosier workers who will keep their jobs, and I'm eager to learn the specific details of the agreement. For many months I have been fighting alongside the Carrier workers and pushing to keep these jobs in Indiana. While this is good news, in Indiana alone, there are at least two other companies currently planning to move Hoosier jobs out of the country. We need to change our laws to encourage companies to grow here at home. I hope President-elect Trump will work with me toward this goal, so that companies will invest in the foundation of our economy: our workers and our communities."

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett:

"Since February, Indianapolis has been united in working with state and federal partners to help those families affected by Carrier's shortsighted business decision. I am hopeful that President-elect Trump's efforts will keep many of these jobs here in Indianapolis and I trust our national leaders will continue working alongside us to assist the Carrier workers whose jobs will still leave in the coming years, as well as the families affected by the recent Rexnord announcement and the thousands more in our community who deserve full-time employment and a living wage."

Carrier announced in February the company planned to relocate 1,400 Indiana jobs to Mexico by 2019. The phase-out had been planned to start next May.

On Thanksgiving, Trump tweeted that he was working hard and "making progress" on a deal to keep the jobs in Indianapolis.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)