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Made in the USA: Walmart Investing in American Jobs

by Tara Kuczykowski on February 8, 2014 · 7 comments

Growing up, my grandfather and mother both worked for Tappan Stove Company, my father worked at Ohio Brass, and though I didn't know him yet, my husband's father worked at their local steel mill. What's the common thread here? None of these jobs exist anymore -- small town manufacturing plants have all but disappeared.

I won't speculate on the cause other than to say that I don't think it's fair to point fingers at any one single source. But I do believe that we can all do our part by choosing to vote with our wallets... purchasing American-made options whenever possible.

That's something that's not always easy to do, but now, thanks to a new initiative by Walmart, purchasing "Made in the USA" products is going to get a lot easier. Over the next 10 years, Walmart is investing $250 billion in products that support American jobs. I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty amazing!

What does that mean exactly? Well, Walmart will be 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 they currently buy by facilitating and accelerating efforts of their suppliers

You may have already seen some of the TV spots highlighting this initiative, but if not, you'll definitely want to take a look at the following video playlist. I especially found the one from the perspective of a closed factory fascinating, but I also loved watching the human aspect of the American workers telling their stories.

You can browse over 1,000 products that support American jobs that Walmart already sells online at http://bit.ly/12b9c3N. And look for more products in stores now!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy Blanchard February 9, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I will no longer be coming to this site. For you to post this false information for a profit is disgusting.

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2 Tara Kuczykowski February 15, 2014 at 12:12 am

Sorry you feel that way, Amy -- but what exactly is the false information I posted?

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3 Teresa Turner February 9, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Well, that was harsh. Thanks for all your posts!!

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4 Tara Kuczykowski February 15, 2014 at 12:12 am

Thanks, Teresa!

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5 Tom Flynn April 21, 2014 at 11:19 am

Hi Tara - I'm at work, so can't watch the video at the moment, but will it be easily identifiable as to which products are American-made? I see this is a paid endorsement, but don't think it makes it invalid, just want to me sure I can do the right thing when the opportunity is there.
Thanks - Tom Flynn

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6 noneyo July 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

investing in american jobs wile putting in automated registers that eliminated 6 american jobs.. why do you keep paying this horrible machine?

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7 noneyo July 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

yeah sheets put in auto registers but they all so have 6 people on duty that i never had to wait 25 min to get help, BOYCOT WALMART or youll never see american jobs come back

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