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Steelworkers rallied outside the Carrier factory in Indianapolis Wednesday to protest plans to close the heating and air conditioning plant, sending 1,400 jobs to Mexico.

That announcement was caught on video in February and has drawn national attention. But analysts say the dramatic footage isn't the only reason Carrier is standing out.

 

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A new milk bottling plant outside Fort Wayne will be among the largest in the nation, and the state is hoping it's just the beginning of much-needed growth for Indiana's dairy industry.

The state made dairy processing a priority almost exactly a year ago. The goal? Use more of the milk that’s produced, and increase its value before it's shipped away. A first step -- the 250 thousand-square-foot Walmart plant, announced last week and set to open in 2017.

Officials aren't saying yet just how much raw milk it'll turn into bottles of white and chocolate.

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Walmart says it plans to build a milk processing plant in Fort Wayne -- that would employ about 200 people to the area by the end of 2017.

Those jobs will pay more than the state’s average wage of $21.55 per hour, says Abbi Gras, spokeswoman for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

She says it will also help Hoosier farmers, who will sell the milk to Walmart to process at the Allen County plant. Gras says this will help save on transportation costs and also allow them more options when selling.

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It’s the middle of the workday, and Chumley’s bar in downtown Lafayette is packed with people watching the NCAA tourney. They’re wearing work clothes—not jerseys.

Checkered sportscoat-clad lawyer (and Cincinnati fan) Jim Olds ducked out of the office to check in on the Butler-Texas Tech game.

“We’re sneaking away on the lunch hour to watch some games,” he says of himself and his lunch companion. “We won’t have any public displays in the office, but I have a feeling there will be a number of people probably watching on their computers.”

Carrier Stands Firm On Moving Business Out Of Indiana

Mar 9, 2016
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Carrier is not going to stop its move to Mexico, despite some last-ditch efforts by Indiana's senators.

Dan Coats (R-IN) says his Tuesday meeting with Carrier execs did nothing to change their minds.

“I tried to convince them: ‘Is there anything that we can do to rethink this thing through?’ And they made it clear that over this -- next three years -- period of time, they’re going to be shifting out of Indiana,” Coats says.

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