As part of its commitment to purchasing $50 billion more in products made, sourced or grown in the United States over the next 10 years, Walmart has announced that it will convene 1,500 people at its U.S. Manufacturing Summit, including representatives from more than 500 supplier companies, 32 states and other retailers, including major sector leaders. Walmart and the National Retail Federation have partnered to pull the participants together, the retailer related.
Governors and state officials participating in the summit will have an opportunity to directly connect with hundreds of manufacturers who can create jobs in their territories. At the same time, supplier companies can present potential projects and learn about the resources available in different states, Walmart asserted.
Among the Walmart officials scheduled to appear are president and CEO Mike Duke and Bill Simon, president and CEO, Walmart U.S., as well as Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO, Sam’s Club, and Duncan Mac Naughton, executive vp, chief merchandising and marketing officer, Walmart U.S.
Business and political leaders slated to attend the summit include Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO, GE, H. Kim Kelley, chairman and CEO, Hampton Products International, Bud Kilby, president and CEO, Renfro, Matthew Shay, president & CEO, National Retail Federation, Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Richard Fisher, president & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas, Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Governor Paul LePage of Maine and Governor Rick Scott of Florida.
Walmart will hold the summit on Thursday, August 22, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando. The retailer will webcast the summit live, and those interested can follow the event on Twitter @Walmartnewsroom #MadeinUSA. Walmart will mount a webcast replay shortly after the summit concludes, it related.