Carrier deal touted by Trump unusual for Indiana

FILE - This April 21, 2009, file photo shows the Carrier logo on an air conditioning unit in Omaha, Neb. Carrier and President-elect Donald Trump reached an agreement to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence planned to travel to Indiana on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, to unveil the agreement alongside company officials. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The deal brokered by President Donald Trump to stem job losses at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis is unusual for the state as it offers $7 million of incentives to a company still planning to cut about a third of its some 1,600 jobs.

A state economic development board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on endorsing the package nearly four months after Trump celebrated his role in the negotiations with a visit to the plant.

Under the deal, Carrier will keep some 800 furnace production jobs in Indiana that it had planned to eliminate.

Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger says Trump’s talks with Carrier parent company United Technologies about its federal contracts likely played a big role in Carrier’s decision.