BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the third year in a row, Walmart is opening its doors to more than 450 entrepreneurs during the company’s “Made in the USA” Open Call event today for products made, assembled or grown in the U.S. The event is part of Walmart’s fourth annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit, hosted at the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Hundreds of potential and current suppliers representing companies large and small from coast to coast are pitching everything from food to toys to apparel, and meeting with hundreds of Walmart’s buyers for the chance to sell their U.S. made products at Walmart. The company is putting every shelf-stable item pitched at Open Call today on Walmart.com. With very few exceptions, everything is a yes! Deals are possible from just a few to thousands of Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations across the country.
“We are thrilled to put hundreds of new Made in the USA products on Walmart.com,” said Michelle Gloeckler, executive vice president, Consumables, Health & Wellness, U.S. Manufacturing Lead. “Walmart’s $250 billion commitment to buy products supporting American jobs is having a tangible impact on communities across the country as factories expand or open to make products for Walmart stores, Walmart.com and Sam’s Club.”
“Landing a deal with Walmart was huge for our small company,” said Courtny Squibb with Schultz Laboratories MFR., Inc. in Granger, Iowa. “Since last year’s Open Call, our white diamond metal polish is now in more than 2,500 Walmart stores and Walmart.com.”
The 2016 U.S. Manufacturing Summit and Open Call, with companies attending from more than 40 states and nearly 800 meetings taking place, are part of Walmart’s commitment to investing in American jobs, having pledged in 2013 to purchase an additional $250 billion in U.S. made products by 2023.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,527 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.