Uncertainty over Carrier jobs coming, going

One of east Texas largest employers will soon be forced to let some of its people go. on Friday, we told you Carrier would be moving some of its Tyler operations to Mexico, taking some much needed jobs with them.

But today, KLTV 7's Layron Livingston discovered some who feel that might not be such a bad thing.

Some would call it a sign of the economic times.

"You hate to lose primary jobs. Those are jobs....companies that make a product, they sell it all over the country, and bring new money back in," said Tom Mullins with the Tyler Economic Development Council.

Mullins is talking about Carrier.

Beginning in January, the company will begin moving some of its jobs to Monterrey, Mexico.

The goal: to make room for more commercial jobs here locally.

"Overall, our economy is doing very well, but we're seeing this shift in this shifting in the manufacturing sector," said Mullins.

Mullins says the workforce at Carrier has actually increased in the past, with the number currently at 1200.

He sees the recent announcement as an adjustment to that growth. Union representatives expect fewer than 100 positions to cross the border over the next year. But Carrier representatives say right now, there's no word on exactly how many jobs will be lost during the transition.

"While there will be some cutbacks as we close down the lines that are moving, we will be hiring back as the new work comes in, and the effort is to maximize the potential of the Tyler plant," said Michelle Caldwell.

And, minimizing the impact on local employees. The company will be closing one of its plants in Carrolton and relocating those operations to Tyler.

Right now, nothing is certain, and only time - more specifically the coming months - will tell.

The representative we spoke with says there are no concrete plans to begin laying people off in January.

Regular meetings will be held with employees as more decisions are finalized.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com