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Indiana's Dept. of Workforce Development activates rapid response team to assist Rexnord employees

Posted at 4:49 PM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 09:08:33-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Department of Workforce Developmentalong with EmployIndy have activated the state's Rapid Response team to assist employees affected by Rexnord Bearings' plans to relocate to Mexico in 2017. 

The company announced to its employees on Friday that it had "tentatively decided" to move its Indianapolis operations to Monterrey, Mexico starting in April of next year. 

“In an ideal situation, Rexnord Bearings would choose to remain and operate in the Hoosier state,” said DWD Commissioner Steven J. Braun.  “Should Rexnord choose to move its operations, DWD and EmployIndy will work together to connect impacted employees with quality employment as soon as possible. With Indiana’s unemployment rate at just 4.5 percent, Hoosier employers are actively seeking to hire workers with manufacturing skills and experience to fill available positions.”

The following state services are available to the company and its employees:

  • Onsite contact with employer and employee union representatives;
  • Assessment of worker job function and skills;
  • Matching employee skills with open positions in local community;
  • Providing training as necessary to affected employees to help them gain new employment; and
  • Career counseling and individual case management for each employee.

The first Rapid Response session for the company has not yet been scheduled. 

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Carrier announced in February that 1,400 jobs from their west-side manufacturing plant would be moving to Monterrey. A video of the announcement went viral, triggering outrage from as high up as GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. It also became the focus of multiple Call 6 Investigations, prompting special reports. You can find all of those stories here.