Trump administration officials have struck a deal with the Carrier Corporation to keep some 1,100 jobs at the Indianapolis plant for at least a year.
The move was made Thursday, days after the president signed a $1.6 billion contract to keep Carrier’s 1,200 workers at the plant.
The deal with Carrier was negotiated with the Obama administration.
Trump had been looking to keep the Indianapolis manufacturing facility, which is owned by United Technologies, open, but had been reluctant to offer a similar contract.
Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies of America, said in a statement Thursday that the deal was a major step forward.
“This contract ensures our employees can continue to work in the Carrier manufacturing facility for years to come, and we are thrilled to work with President Trump and Vice President Pence on furthering economic growth and job creation,” United Technologies CEO Gregory Hayes said in the statement.
Carrier is the largest employer in Indiana and employs about 1,000 people in the state.
The president has repeatedly criticized the company and other companies that have moved manufacturing jobs overseas, saying that they hurt wages and jobs in the United States.
The Carrier deal comes as Trump has signaled a willingness to consider a trade deal with other countries, saying last week that he wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The company said the new agreement would provide a “strong incentive” to keep jobs in Indiana, a company that is one of the nation’s largest exporters of auto parts.
Trump is in a precarious position in the U.S. with regard to his own economic agenda, having signed the most-expensive executive order in U.K. history last week, slashing the nations trade deficit and sparking a global trade war.
Trump has repeatedly said he will not renegotiate NAFTA.
The agreement with United Technologies comes a week after Trump announced a $7 billion deal to help Carrier expand its operations.