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More than 100 East Texans to lose jobs

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

More than one hundred East Texans will be losing their jobs by September 30.

Carrier Corporation, an air conditioning and heating technology company, has begun another phase in its move to Mexico. The company announced in 2012 that it would be relocating its Tyler-based operation to Monterey, Mexico.

The Tyler Chamber of Commerce received a letter today warning them that 102 jobs would be phased out by the end of September. The letter cites 67 layoffs as voluntary, but another 35 are not.

The company sells products internationally and has been in Tyler since the 1940’s.

At its peak it employed more than 1200 Tyler residents, but will be down to just a few hundred in the coming months. Officials at the Chamber of Commerce tell me, this is a major economic loss for East Texas because many employees have worked at Carrier for decades.

"And some of them are second, third, generation, that plant opened up in the 40's and so it has supported a lot of Tyler and East Texas families for all those years," Tom Mullins, Economic Development Council CEO, said.

According to Tom Mullins, though many American companies have moved overseas and to other countries for cheaper labor in the past, recently more have moved back to the US. He says this is especially impactful considering America’s fragile economy.

Carrier stated all employees in this area will be completely phased out and the plant will close by December 31.

Those who worked at Carrier have a very specialized skill set and, according to Mullins, are either retiring completely, or trying to learn something new to start over. Mullins tells us the plant has not been sold yet and is still on the market.

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