Encouraging Manufacturing in America

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on February 8, 2014

Today I am sharing some information on behalf of Walmart.  You all know I do that from time to time–but only if it’s something that I am personally interested in sharing.  And I will tell you–I am very interested in sharing this!

I am here to tell you about Walmart’s “Made By” commitment which I learned about last fall when I visited Walmart Headquarters (but couldn’t talk about until it was made public a few days ago”).

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have been growing more and more concerned about the state of our country’s economy.  Spending increases.  Debt goes up.  Unemployment continues to climb.  It seems like we don’t do anything, make anything here in America anymore.  I want our country to be strong, to offer work for it’s people and to grow.  I want the American Dream to be there in the future for my kids, and eventually their kids.

I personally believe that this country was strongest when we were a manufacturing giant.  If I could have my way I would love to see lots of modest sized manufacturers providing products and jobs all across this country.  I would like to be able to find the things I need and want made by a company here in the USA.

Apparently I’m not the only one.

I am Factory

Walmart has made a commitment to invest in American jobs. They want to create and keep jobs in America, and help to rebuild local and national economies.  Over the next 10 years, Walmart is investing $250 billion in products that support American Jobs. (Read more at Investing in American Jobs).   They plan to do this by working with suppliers to:

  • Increase what they 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

They made a great video called “I am factory”.  I won’t lie to you–watching this for the first time actually made me cry.  I really hope and pray that more companies make this kind of pledge.

The intent is to not only buy more of the things that are already sourced in America (Sporting goods, apparel basics, storage products, games, and paper products) but also to help create U.S. production in key areas like textiles, furniture, pet supplies, and more.

It’s a great feeling to walk into a store, see something on the shelf and be able to say, “Hey, I helped make that!” Kristen knows that pride. She works at an EveryWare Global facility in Monaca, Pennsylvania that supplies glassware for Walmart.

It’s a great feeling to walk into a store, see something on the shelf and be able to say, “Hey, I helped make that!” Kristen knows that pride. She works at an EveryWare Global facility in Monaca, Pennsylvania that supplies glassware for Walmart.

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.

“Working here gives me a sense of pride … I work hard to deliver a high level of quality for customers.” –Ralph, a worker at Hanna’s Candles, a Walmart supplier in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Walmart is proud to have Hanna’s Candles as a supplier and is proud to invest in products that support American jobs.

“Working here gives me a sense of pride … I work hard to deliver a high level of quality for customers.” –Ralph, a worker at Hanna’s Candles, a Walmart supplier in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Walmart is proud to have Hanna’s Candles as a supplier and is proud to invest in products that support American jobs.

So how can you tell as a consumer what products are made in the USA?  You can shop directly from the “Made in the USA” assortment on Walmart.com.

I am so happy to see Walmart take this step, and I hope that many, many more companies do the same.

American Renewal Starts Here

Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Yankee February 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Way To Go Walmart! I think this is a great initiative.

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