SCHUMER CALLS UTC CEO IN WAKE OF ANNOUNCED PURCHASE OF BROOME COUNTY’S ROCKWELL COLLINS; SENATOR ASSURED BY UTC CEO GREG HAYES THAT BINGHAMTON JOBS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY SALE
Schumer To CEO: Do All You Can To Help Town of Union Plant Thrive in Broome County
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer placed a personal phone call to United Technologies, Inc. (UTC) CEO Greg Hayes on Friday following the news that UTC is purchasing Rockwell Collins for $30 billion. Schumer was eager to advocate on behalf of the Rockwell Collins workforce and to discern any potential impacts on Rockwell Collins’s current job levels. During the call, CEO Hayes assured Schumer that his expectation is that this purchase will not lead to reductions in the workforce levels at the Broome County facility.
"The workers at Rockwell Collins in the Town of Union are world class and deserve to know that their jobs will be safe, especially now that United Technologies is buying their plant," said Senator Schumer. "For decades this has been an enormously productive and profitable facility and it should remain a cornerstone for United Technologies, which is why I called United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes and urged him to maintain this vital workforce. I am happy to report, Mr. Hayes agreed with me."
Rockwell Collins employs 30,000 worldwide and 16,000 in the United States. The facility in Binghamton is dedicated to designing and developing training and simulation systems. It is one of three in the U.S. that do so, along with facilities in Virginia and Utah. It started in 2000 with 12 employees and has grown to roughly 200 employees today.
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