Walmart Inc. plans to spend $350 billion to stock more U.S.-made and -assembled goods at its stores.
The project, announced by the Bentonville, Ark., retailer on March 3, builds on previous "buy American" programs. It will spend "an additional $350 billion on items made, grown or assembled in the U.S. We estimate that this spend will support more than 750,000 new American jobs," the company said.
Walmart cited Techtonic Industries of Anderson, S.C., a maker of lawn mowers and vacuum cleaners with in-house molding and assembly, as an example of a company it is seeking to work with.
Plastics is among six priority categories along with textiles, small electrical appliances, food processing, pharmaceutical and medical supplies and "goods not for resale."
Any firm with a "shelf-ready product" can pitch to Walmart during a virtual open call event on June 30.