Walmart Suppliers to Make Shoes, Curtains, Jars in U.S.

Obama, Lew, Pritzker, Deliver Remarks At SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesWalmart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon speaks Thursday during the inaugural SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington.
By Elvina Nawaguna

WASHINGTON -- The world's largest retailer Walmart Stores Inc. announced Thursday three new manufacturing projects by suppliers in the United States to produce footwear, curtains and glassware as part of a broader commitment to "buy American."

Bill Simon, Walmart's U.S. president and CEO, made the announcement with U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker at SelectUSA, a two-day event designed to promote investment and job creation in the United States.

President Barack Obama, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and other top officials will also speak at the SelectUSA conference.

Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart (WMT), the largest private employer in the world and with some 1.3 million employees in the United States, said the three projects would create 385 jobs.

"It takes a lot of entrepreneurship; it takes a lot of innovation; it takes a lot of conviction to make that decision to take that step to invest capitol here," Simon said.

Elan-Polo Inc. will start production of injection-molded footwear in March at a factory in Hazelhurst, Ga.
The company previously made the shoes overseas. At the press conference Elan-Polo CEO Joe Russell cited "support and encouragement" from Walmart, which it has been supplying with goods for 35 years.

EveryWare Global Inc. will produce canning jars for Walmart at its Monaca, Pa., facility, establishing a new made in the U.S. product line. And Louis Hornick and Co., a Walmart supplier for four decades, will establish a new facility in Allendale County, S.C., to make window coverings and home textiles.

"Our next goal is to encourage other businesses just like these to step up to the plate," Pritzker said.

Thursday's announcement was part of Walmart's pledge, announced in January to buy an additional $50 billion in U.S.-made products over the next decade. In August, the company held a "manufacturing summit" attended by more than 500 suppliers from 34 states clamoring to get a slice of the action.

Reuters reported in September that in advance of Walmart's patriotic pledge, many of the company's long-time suppliers had already decided to produce in the United States as rising wages in China and elsewhere eroded the allure of offshore production.

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We need 100 % made in the USA without the intrusion of labor unions. The price of these items will go up but the average American does not need all these things they are just toys on a low scale. The advantage is you will no longer be supporting all the neighbors who are unemployed because you choose to buy from oversea's Also think what it will do to help the unemployment roles. Isolationism isn't a bad thing it may be the only thing that saves us. I can't think how tragic that storm must have been yet here we are sending money to the third world. News Flash we are the third world and it is OUR money.

November 11 2013 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Congratulations! Walmart! I want American made stuff back on market. Thank you.

October 31 2013 at 10:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Have you hired an American of the last five years. No most can\'t solve simple problems like staying out of the court system, buying tags on line. A mind is a terrible thing to waste but a good 60% are so dumb it scares me.

October 31 2013 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Ken's comment

I believe the per cent may be 75% are dumb.!!!! But,,what do you expect,,,look at the school system,!!!!!

October 31 2013 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My hope is the suppliers don't hire any Liberal Regressive Democrats. That would be a recipe for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.

October 31 2013 at 6:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Patriotic American companies must take over each and every product line that of a compant that outsources to another country. Refuse to be dumped in the streets and abandoned again. There must be a Committee formed that monitors the business outsourcing activity. Outsourced products must never be allowed on the store shelves of America or purchased by second or third parties to be sold in America. No exceptions.

October 31 2013 at 5:52 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to THE BIG O.G.'s comment

The committee exists....they are called customers.

October 31 2013 at 10:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is a welcome change. I have resisted buying any textile or clothing item from Walmart, if it has been made outside the USA. Years of experience have proven to me that the "inexpensive" towels, washcloths, linens etc. made overseas are not really inexpensive. They are CHEAP in quality and longevity. American made textiles last. Those from China, Pakistan, Bangladesh etc. fall apart and lose their seams and hems after only a few months of use. The bottom line is that because they must then be replaced, the eventual cost is far more than if one bought a quality American product in the first place. The difficulty is in finding American made products, but Walmart's move is part of a growing trend.

October 31 2013 at 3:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply