Walmart Takes Initiative in S.C.

Walmart’s renews commitment to US manufacturing at summit
In August, U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Orlando, FL, Walmart renewed our commitment to drive more manufacturing here in the U.S. The event brought together approximately 1,500 people – including representatives from more than 500 supplier companies, 32 states, and major retail industry leaders.

In addition to SC Governor Nikki Haley, attendees included Mike Duke, President & CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce; Jeff Immelt, Chairman & CEO, GE; Matthew Shay, President & CEO, National Retail Federation; Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder & CEO, Chobani; Gov. Mike Beebe (Ark.); Gov. Susana Martinez (N.M.); and Gov. Rick Scott (Fla.) among others.

Governors and state officials had the opportunity to connect directly with hundreds of manufacturers who stand ready to create jobs in their areas. And supplier companies had the opportunity to present potential projects and learn about the resources available in different states.

Select media coverage of the Summit can be found by clicking these links:

  • Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-22/wal-mart-s-simon-urges-efforts-on-u-s-manufacturing-jobs.html by Cotten Timberlake & Toluse Olorunnipa – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)’s U.S. chief Bill Simon urged companies to create domestic manufacturing jobs, saying the effort is good for businesses as it cuts costs by having goods produced closer to where they are consumed. “We want to move forward and seize the opportunity to bring jobs back,” Simon said today at an event in Orlando, Florida. “We can’t become solely a service economy. We need to make things in America.”
  • Wall Street Journal: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/behindthestorefront/2013/08/22/wal-mart-ge-execs-say-u-s-manufacturing-becoming-more-competitive/ by Andria Cheng – On Thursday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT  gathered 1,500 attendees, including 500 manufacturers, both from the U.S. and overseas, along with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher; eight state governors among officials from 32 states for a manufacturing summit. General Electric GE CEO Jeff Immelt also spoke and announced it’s making more energy-efficient light bulbs domestically. Television producer Element said it’s going to make some TVs back in the U.S.

Hiring veterans is a Walmart priority
Walmart believes hiring a veteran can be one of the best decisions a company can make.  That’s why we committed to hire 100,000 honorably discharged veterans by 2018.  South Carolina, with her high percentage of military families and veterans, is a focus of Walmart’s hiring initiative.

Walmart Charitable Donations in South Carolina
Walmart’s commitment to the community continues to grow.  In 2012 Cash and in-kind donations from stores, clubs and the Walmart Foundation: $20.9 million.

Just this year the SC Giving Council announced gifts totaling over $110,000 to South Carolina non-profits focusing on hunger and nutrition: East Cooper Meals on Wheels and Golden Corner Food Pantry. Also, this summer Walmart stores in the Charleston area teamed up to raise more than $189,000 over a six-week period for the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Goose Creek Walmart raised the most, pulling in almost $46,000. MUSC officials said the store ranked 16th in the country for CMN fundraising this year. “Because the donations ultimately come from the Walmart customers, we want to make sure the community is aware of how generous they were and how their donations make a difference in the lives of over 200,000 children that walk through the doors of MUSC each and every year,” a release from the hospital reads. (As reported by ABC News 4 – Charleston)

New Stores Open in South Carolina
At Walmart, we are committed to opening US stores and focusing on things communities care about: jobs, affordable groceries, and economic development. South Carolina continues to see growth at our 80 Supercenters, 10 Sam’s Clubs, as well as our new format store – Walmart Neighborhood Markets – which features a more compact space emphasizing grocery and pharmacy services. This year, in addition to new Supercenters in Pickens and Greenville, we opened our first Neighborhood Market in SC in Greer with another scheduled to be opened in Greenville in October.

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