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In July 2019, Ingersoll Rand shut down its manufacturing plant in Cheektowaga, New York, affecting more than 300 members of Machinists (IAM) Local 330. In the latest “Broken Promises” video from IAM, the union shows how President Trump has failed to keep manufacturing jobs in the United States. Ingersoll Rand outsourced some of its production capability to its Italian facility and continued existing production in its facility in Wujiang, China. “The new facility in China hasn’t built a machine yet that was able to pass through the tests,” said Local 330 Chief Steward Frederick Fineour. “Until they do that, they’ll continue to struggle.” This plant is one of dozens of IAM-represented factories that have closed during the Trump administration.