Gardens has connection to Trump’s deal to keep Carrier Corp. in U.S.

Gov. Rick Scott speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for United Technologies new, $115 million Center for Intelligent Buildings of Donald Ross Road in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on May 17, 2016. Seated (left to right) are UTC Building & Industrial Systems VP, Communications, Mary Milmoe, UTC Climate, Controls & Security President, Bob McDonough and Shannon R. LaRocque, Palm Beach County Assistant County Administrator. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Gov. Rick Scott speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for United Technologies new, $115 million Center for Intelligent Buildings of Donald Ross Road in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on May 17, 2016. Seated (left to right) are UTC Building & Industrial Systems VP, Communications, Mary Milmoe, UTC Climate, Controls & Security President, Bob McDonough and Shannon R. LaRocque, Palm Beach County Assistant County Administrator. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Carrier Corp., the heating and air conditioning manufacturer that plans to keep 1,000 jobs in the U.S. thanks to $5 million in tax incentives from Indiana, has a Palm Beach Gardens connection.

United Technologies, Carrier Corp.’s parent company, is sinking a $115 million initial capital investment into a Center for Intelligent Buildings on the south side of Donald Ross Road in Palm Beach Gardens. The building will showcase the products of United Technologies brands, such as Carrier, Otis, Chubb, Kidde and Automated Logic.

The Indiana incentives are actually smaller than the $7.6 million package that Florida, Palm Beach County and Palm Beach Gardens offered to woo United Technologies to build their high tech showcase here rather than other destinations in the southeast.

The Florida incentive package came with a promise that United Technologies will employ at least 450 employees in Palm Beach County; 380 of those jobs are new to the area.

Yesterday, after talks with President-elect Donald Trump, Carrier  announced it changed its plans to close a plant in Indianapolis to move production to Mexico. The move would have cost 1,400 jobs, according to a report in The Washington Post.

Carrier in a statement said it will continue to make gas furnaces in Indianapolis, in addition to keeping engineering and headquarters staff. That saves more than 1,000 jobs, according to Carrier.

The decision came after “very productive conversations” with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Pence is the governor of Indiana.

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