a triumphant Trump and his running mate Mike Pence, then the governor of Indiana, announced that they had worked out a deal with Carrier's parent company, United Technologies, to save "more than a thousand jobs right here in the head of the Heartland."
"Actually the number's over 1,100 people, which is so great, which is so great," Trump said.
"I didn't vote for Trump," he said. "And I kept on saying I think he's full of s---."
Privately, however, Jones hoped Trump would prove him wrong. He worked for the nearby Rexnord plant for more than 40 years before that operation was moved to Monterrey. And he knows a lot of the Carrier workers who had pinned their hopes on Trump. But as Trump spoke, Jones did the math.
"When Trump and Pence showed up here, they kept on referring to the fact they had saved over 1,100 jobs," he said. "The people in the crowd thought that everybody was going to have a job. They misled the people."
Jones said it was an especially cruel move because many of the Carrier workers had already made peace with the idea that layoffs were looming and were looking for other jobs.
"Then people went home that evening and told their families, 'Everything is going to be all right. President Trump saved our jobs,'" Jones said.
For Elliott, the first real confirmation that she was going to lose her job came when "our human resource girls comes around with a list of everyone employed there." She quickly figured out she didn't have enough seniority to survive.
"They are only going back to 2004," she said. "I thought, 'Wow, how could they do that to us?'"
Elliott said the dismay she was feeling spread across the plant. "There was shock and disbelief," she said. "My brother and sister-in-law work there, too."
They survived the cuts.
With her future now even more in doubt, Elliott said she went out on medical leave early in December with what doctors at first feared was congestive heart failure. She recovered and returned to work a week before she will leave the plant forever.
Elliott kept her tears largely in check throughout the interview, but she broke down crying at one point while she was talking about how the quality of the air conditioners and furnaces she built would suffer when production started in Monterrey. She said she fears a faulty unit may spark a deadly fire.
But Elliott's pride in what she accomplished at Carrier and uncertainty about what she will do now were evident, too.
"I started as a production associate and it was at the bottom," she recalled. "I wanted to be more and I moved up and up and up, and I became a supervisor and that's like the highest (post) in the plant."