Rexnord employees protest company’s potential relocation to Mexico

NDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Protesters gathered outside the Rexnord Bearings building on the city's west side Friday.

About a month ago, hundreds of employees found out their jobs could be heading to Mexico, likely by next April.

"We're fighting for our jobs...It's a sad situation. We have a three-year contract and we're one year into it. They don't want to abide to that contract. We knew this was probably going to happen, but it caught us all off guard," said Kyle Beaman, an employee who was part of the protest. "I've watched the quality go down hill. We love our jobs, but it boils down to corporate greed...I'll fight it to the very end."

The City of Indianapolis is working to keep the manufacturing company in the state, or at least get back they money they have invested. They are taking a similar approach to when Carrier announced it was moving jobs to Mexico.

Mayor Joe Hogsett used a mayoral executive order to create a task force designed to aid employees who will lose their jobs.

He remains cautiously optimistic but ready to take action when it comes to Rexnord, as he and his Carrier Task Force plan to fight back against the ongoing and devastating pattern of manufacturing companies leaving Indianapolis and moving to Mexico.

Carrier became a national talking point in the race for the White House, with Donald Trump mentioning the company numerous times throughout his campaign. Hillary Clinton has also mentioned the company in campaign speeches.

Ten major manufacturing companies in Marion County are currently part of the Steel Workers Union; including Carrier, Rexnord, Sonco, BO, and Diamond Chain. The Steel Workers Union says the pattern of companies moving out of the country will continue, they just do not know which company will leave next.

Beaman said employees are hoping they can work something out.

"Time will tell," he said. "We're not naive to what the ending is going to be, but we're not going to roll over and play dead."

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