GM employees hopeful after Carrier announcement

KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) – With the news about Carrier, other factory workers are hoping the new Trump administration will come in to help them.

GM is set to lay off 160 workers in Kokomo in the new year.

That announcement came in mid-November, after the election.

But in a video posted by an employee who is facing being laid off, he is asking, what about us?

“This is my challenge Mr. Trump: If you can make America great again, start right here in Kokomo, Indiana,” he says in the video posted to YouTube. “Mr Trump, you campaigned and won the presidency by promising to bring jobs back to the US, well our jobs are leaving, our plant is closing.”

GM said the jobs would be lost by mid-2017.

“Some people remain positive, but a lot of people kind of feel like we’re done and some people are devastated, some people are still hanging on to hope,” said the employee who asked his name not be revealed.

According to his video, in it’s heyday 10,000 workers worked at the plant. By the summer 2017 just 600 will remain.

“It’s very sad and it’s heartbreaking,” he said.

24-Hour News 8 reached out to GM to see if they’ve been in contact with the Trump administration. They replied by email and said they had no comment on the issue and said this was between Carrier and President-elect Trump.


Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.