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.Learn more about the 2015 U.S. Manufacturing Summit
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
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.
2015 U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call Event
Walmart is combining the highest value activities from past U.S. Manufacturing Supplier Summits and Open Call events in to a two-day dynamic event at our corporate offices on July 7-8, 2015 in Bentonville, Arkansas. We will not only offer the unique opportunity to meet with buyers across our formats during the Open Call, we will also facilitate meetings for current and potential suppliers with key state economic development officials with knowledge of available U.S. manufacturing locations.
We gathered government leaders, suppliers and Walmart executives in Denver on August 14, 2014. Learn more and watch the webcast.
Made in USA Open Call Event
Walmart hosted our first Open Call event on July 8, 2014. We invited more than 500 suppliers and potential suppliers to come to the Home Office in Bentonville, Ark., and pitch their products. Watch a replay of the general session.
MarketWatch - May 1, 2015 - Made in the U.S.A. is hot again, and the number of manufacturing jobs that are returning to the U.S. — or coming to the U.S. for the first time — from overseas has hit a record level.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - April 28, 2015 - A focus on sustainability and a commitment to manufacturing products in the U.S. are among the missions Wal-Mart Stores Inc. asks its suppliers to pursue. Olivet International, which operates a supplier office in Bentonville and a newly opened plant in Springdale, offers an example of how to blend those two challenging missions.
The Roanoke Times - April 15, 2015 - More Polish candles with a Pulaski County twist will be available in Wal-Mart stores around the country, following a ramp up of production at the Korona S.A. Candle factory.Later this month, most of Korona’s tealight candles will be available in about 5,000 Wal-Mart stores around the country in packs of 50 and 100.