Walmart and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker Announce New U.S.
Manufacturing Commitments at SelectUSA Summit
Elan-Polo, Louis Hornick & Company, EveryWare Global, Inc. to create 385 jobs,
supply products to Walmart as part of domestic manufacturing commitment
Overall supplier commitments top 1,600 new U.S. jobs since January
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2013
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on Walmart's commitment to
purchase an additional $50 billion in U.S.-made products over the next 10
years, Walmart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon and Secretary of Commerce
Penny Pritzker today announced at the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit that
three suppliers have 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. Acceleration of the three
commitments followed Walmart's U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Orlando on August
22, which was attended by more than 500 suppliers and 34 states.
"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
USA 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."
"We're hosting the SelectUSA Summit to showcase why there has never been a
better time to invest in America, and Walmart supports that effort," said U.S.
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. "For retailers like Walmart, who they
choose to buy from makes a difference. Since Walmart announced its commitment
earlier this year to buy an additional $50 billion in U.S.-made products over
the next 10 years, manufacturers have committed to investments in the U.S.
that will create more than 1,600 jobs. Today's announcement builds on that
success, and demonstrates that companies truly recognize the advantages of
investing in America."
Elan-Polo, Inc., a global footwear and 35-year Walmart supplier, will start
production of injection-molded footwear in March 2014 at a factory in
Hazelhurst, Ga., as part of a joint venture with McPherson Manufacturing. Once
at full capacity, this new facility will create 250 jobs and produce 20,000
pairs of shoes per day. Previously, the company manufactured the shoes
EveryWare Global, Inc., which manufactures bakeware, beverageware, tabletop
and household glassware, will produce Mainstays Canning Jars for Walmart in
its Monaca, Pa., facility. The company is investing $1.8 million to expand
factory capacity and establish a new product line made in the U.S. The
agreement will create new manufacturing jobs in the Monaca facility. Founded
in 1905, Anchor Hocking, an EveryWare Global brand, has been supplying
products to Walmart for over 25 years and has 1,811 employees in the United
Louis Hornick & Company, a leading manufacturer and importer of window
coverings and home textiles, will invest $2.5 million to establish a new
manufacturing facility in Allendale County, South Carolina. The investment is
expected to create 125 new jobs over the next three years. The company has
been supplying Walmart for 40 years.
Significant Progress Since Walmart's January Manufacturing Commitment
Since Walmart's January announcement of its commitment to buy an additional
$50 billion in U.S.-made products over the next 10 years, manufacturers have
committed to create more than 1,600 jobs and invest more than $100 million in
industries that include socks, televisions, light bulbs and hardware.
Factoring in today's announcement, more than 600 of those job commitments have
been announced since Walmart's U.S. Manufacturing Summit. This includes:
oTailor Made Products, a kitchen utensil manufacturer, is making a $2
million investment that will add 12 new manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin.
oRedman & Associates will invest $6.5 million to manufacture ride-on toys
in a facility in Arkansas, creating 74 jobs.
oKorona Candles will invest $18.5 million that will generate 170 jobs in
Virginia to produce Mainstays Tealight Candles.
Quotations from Elan-Polo, EveryWare Global and Louis Hornick Executives
"This announcement of 250 new jobs and a new shoe manufacturing facility in
Georgia was made possible by Walmart's support, which included guidance in
contacting various states and help developing the project with necessary
participants–government, utilities, banks, and equipment suppliers. We will
see genuine economic value added through shorter lead times, more efficient
purchasing and savings on shipping and oversight expenses." – Joe Russell,
CEO of Elan-Polo, Inc.
"We are constantly evaluating the best uses of our capital and that includes
the opportunity to partner with our largest customer to invest in our existing
operations and produce quality glass solutions. In working with Walmart, we
are now able to make a strategic investment that will enable us to transition
the canning category to a complete 'Made in the USA' product line. Our strong
25 year foundation with Walmart clearly supported this decision to invest,
expand U.S. manufacturing capabilities and create more jobs." – John Sheppard,
CEO EveryWare Global.
"Every aspect of this venture is geared toward offering the most options to
our retail partners and manufacturing the highest quality products the
American consumer demands and deserves. We aren't just building a facility –
we are moving to South Carolina. The fact that three Manhattan residents are
doing so is testament to our dedication, but, equally, reflects on the
wonderful people in the great state of South Carolina. We appreciate the
exceptional support we've received from state and local officials." – Louis
"Tripp" Hornick III, chief operating officer of Louis Hornick & Company
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The U.S. Department of Commerce is holding the first-ever SelectUSA 2013
Investment Summit to connect foreign and domestic investors with local, state,
and regional economic development organizations in an effort to promote
investment and job creation in the United States. More than 1,200 attendees
from nearly 60 countries around the world will be participating in the
conference, along with economic development officials from 47 states, the
District of Columbia and three U.S. territories.
SOURCE Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Contact: Katie Cody, 1-800-331-0085, news.walmart.com/reporter
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