NewsChannel 15 tried reaching out to UTEC employees Wednesday afternoon. Some employees we talked to said they have worked at UTEC for 20 or more years and thought they would retire from the company. They fear finding another electrical job could be difficult after BAE in Fort Wayne announced its also planning on cutting jobs in the near future.
United Technologies Electronic Controls, Huntington’s largest employer, announced Wednesday it plans to move its manufacturing department to a new facility in Monterrey, Mexico, a departure that will cost the area 700 jobs.
UTEC said in a release Tuesday, though, that there won’t be an immediate impact on jobs.
A global manufacturer of microprocessor-based controls for the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, UTEC said it will relocate its manufacturing activities to Mexico over the next two years. The company’s headquarters, engineering and product marketing organizations will remain in the Huntington area.
The move is subject to discussions with local union representatives. NewsChannel 15 tried reaching the union leader for IBEW 983, but our calls have not been returned.