As part of Walmart’s recent commitment to purchase $50 billion in US-made products over the next 10 years, the retail giant will be sourcing shoes stateside.
At the 2-day SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit that began yesterday in Washington, D.C., Walmart US President and CEO Bill Simon and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that three Walmart suppliers have made new commitments to make domestically, creating 385 jobs and reshoring manufacturing.
One of the three suppliers, Elan-Polo, Inc., a global footwear manufacturer that has been supplying to Walmart for 35 years will produce injection-molded shoes at a factory in Hazelhurst, Ga. At full production capacity, the factory will make 20,000 pairs of shoes per day that were previously made overseas and create 250 new jobs.
The remaining two companies will produce glassware and window coverings for Walmart at factories in Monaca, Pa. and Allendale County, South Carolina, production runs that will create more than 100 new jobs.
“For retailers like Walmart, who they choose to buy from makes a difference,” Pritzker said. She added that since Walmart made its buy domestic pledge, manufacturers have committed to investments in America that will create over 1,600 jobs. This, she said, “demonstrates that companies truly recognize the advantages of investing in America.”