U.S. Manufacturing

U.S. Manufacturing

Investing in American Jobs

At Walmart, we believe in making a difference on the issues our customers and communities care about. We believe we can create more American jobs by supporting more American manufacturing. Jump-starting the manufacturing industry and rebuilding the middle class requires a national effort by companies, industry leaders, lawmakers and others.

Together, we can help spark a revitalization of U.S.-based manufacturing. By making production more affordable and feasible in the United States, we can bring our customers more U.S.-made products and manufacturers can create more jobs in America.    

According to data from our suppliers, items that are made, sourced or grown right here in America already account for about two-thirds of what we spend to buy products at Walmart U.S. But there is room to do more. 

We are committed to American renewal. In January 2013, Walmart announced it will buy an additional $50 billion in U.S. products in 10 years in an effort to grow U.S. manufacturing and encourage the creation of U.S. jobs.    

When you add up what we spend each year, our pledge is to buy an additional $250 billion in American products.  

We will accomplish this by working with suppliers to:

  • Increase what we already buy of U.S. manufactured goods
  • Source “new to Walmart” U.S. manufactured goods
  • Re-shore the manufacturing of goods we currently buy by facilitating and accelerating efforts of our suppliers


Our Progress

Since January 2013, we’ve met with hundreds of our suppliers and visited dozens of factories across the U.S. and around the world. View some of the announcements made so far. 

U.S. Manufacturing Summit
In August 2013, we held Walmart’s first U.S. Manufacturing Summit, attended by 500 suppliers, 34 states, 8 governors and government officials, who met to discuss opportunities to create jobs, restore communities and drive economic growth. Multiple companies announced domestic manufacturing investments and discussed the commitments they have made, including General Electric, Kayser-Roth, Renfro, Element Electronics Corp., Chobani and Hampton Products International. 

Watch U.S. Manufacturing Summit highlights

SelectUSA Press Conference
In October 2013, Walmart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced at the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit that three suppliers made new domestic manufacturing commitments that will create 385 jobs. Elan-Polo, Louis Hornick & Company and EveryWare Global, Inc. will produce footwear, curtains and glassware, respectively.

In the News

  • Michelle Gloeckler (Re) Made In America Summit

    (Re) Made In America: Inside the Next Manufacturing Revolution

    Forbes – March 2014 – Michelle Gloeckler, SVP of Home at Walmart U.S., participated in the 2014 Forbes Reinventing America Summit. Watch the video.

  • Bill Simon

    Wal-Mart creates $10 million fund to back U.S. manufacturing

    Reuters - Jan. 23, 2014 -  Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said on Thursday it has created a $10 million fund to support manufacturing in the United States, and that one of its bicycle suppliers plans to start production in the U.S. this year.

  • U.S. Manufacturing

    Making shoes in the U.S.? An Overland company finds a way

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Jan. 14, 2014 - The fine print on cheap flip flops often says “Made in China.” But a local company has plans to make flip flops, a garden clog and a soccer sandal that would instead bear a “Made in the U.S.A.” label. The shoes are expected in Walmart stores next fall and into spring 2015.

  • Made in the USA Redman announcement banner

    How Walmart Plans To Bring Manufacturing Back To The United States

    Forbes - Nov. 12, 2013 -  Walmart and Bill Simon are working hard to achieve their manufacturing goals. Other companies are supporting this initiative and making their own commitments. 

  • Bill Simon

    Reviving U.S. Manufacturing Key to Rebuilding the Middle Class

    The Huffington Post - Aug. 22, 2013 - Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. President and CEO, wrote this opinion editorial for The Huffington Post, urging industry leaders to revive manufacturing in America.

  • Bill Simon

    Made in America: The Wal-Mart Economy

    CNBC - Aug. 5, 2013 - The world's biggest retailer plans to buy more U.S.-made products over the next ten years, reports CNBC's Mary Thompson. 

  • American manufacturing flag

    How Walmart Plans to Bring Back 'Made in America'

    TIME Magazine - April 12, 2013 - Walmart doesn’t make anything. But the giant retailer could play a part in the manufacturing rebound that is taking place in the U.S. with its promise to buy $50 billion more U.S. made goods over the next decade for its Walmart and Sam’s Club stores. 

  • Sam's Club CEO Rosalind Brewer speaks at the U.S. Manufacturing Summit

    Walmart Plans to Buy American More Often

    The New York Times - Jan. 15, 2013 - The manufacturer 1888 Mills produces most of its sheets and towels overseas, in part to keep costs low for retailers like Walmart. But after Walmart gave 1888 Mills a long-term contract for towels made in the United States, 1888’s chief executive said the company expected to produce more goods here.