Walmart to Source U.S. Footwear in Reshoring Push


Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is to source footwear from a new factory in the U.S. as part of the company’s commitment to buy an extra $50 billion in U.S.-made products over the next ten years.

Walmart U.S. president and CEO Bill Simon made the announcement alongside U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit, with three suppliers set to create 385 jobs to make footwear, curtains and glassware.

The footwear supplier is Elan-Polo, a 35-year supplier of Walmart, which is set to start production of injection-molded footwear at a new factory in Georgia next March.

At full capacity, the facility will create 250 jobs and produce 20,000 pairs of shoes a day — which were previously made overseas.

“Today’s announcement is a great example of the progress that’s being made, and it highlights opportunities that exist for manufacturers to invest in the U.S. by re-shoring or expanding their manufacturing in America,” said Simon.

“Companies, government officials and industry leaders are working together to increase manufacturing, and these efforts are helping more Americans get into good-paying jobs and more businesses reinvest in the U.S. economy.”

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