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Walmart pushes for policy action for more U.S. manufacturing growth

Walmart officials highlighted the important role manufacturing plays in the U.S. economy on Friday during U.S. Manufacturing Day.

The retailer has committed to purchase an additional $250 billion in products that support American jobs by 2023, and is implementing a policy roadmap to tackle barriers that keep companies from manufacturing products in the U.S.

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“American manufacturers are essential to building and maintaining a robust economy,” said Dan Bartlett, Walmart executive vice president for corporate affairs. “We are committed to doing our part to support American manufacturers and the U.S. based jobs they create by continuing to source more U.S. made products and we want to do more.”

Walmart’s Policy Roadmap to Renew U.S. Manufacturing includes 10 policy actions, offering a comprehensive approach to tackling the major barriers that keep companies from manufacturing more consumer goods in the U.S., including tax reform, trade agreements, workforce development and regulatory compliance.

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“By investing in products that support American jobs, we are able to bring new products to our shelves that our customers want and new jobs to the communities we serve,” said Greg Foran, President and CEO, Walmart US. “Increasing domestic manufacturing will help create additional jobs in the US, and that’s good for American businesses.”

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