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Walmart, GM, Amazon Develop Plans to Create Jobs in U.S.

Walmart, GM, Amazon Develop Plans to Create Jobs in U.S.

GM will also move some production from Mexico back to the states.

Three more American companies have announced plans to add and keep jobs in America on the heels of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Walmart wants to add 10,000 jobs in 2017 across the country while General Motors (GM) will invest $1 billion into several factories to help more than 1,000 jobs.

With Walmart, the company will add these new jobs by building new stores, expansion, and adding more e-commerce services. The construction of the new stores will add 24,000 construction jobs:

“Walmart is investing to better serve customers,” said Dan Bartlett, Walmart executive vice president for corporate affairs. “With a presence in thousands of communities and a vast supplier network, we know we play an important role in supporting and creating American jobs. Our 2017 plans to grow our business – and our support for innovation in the textile industry – will have a meaningful impact across the country.”

Earlier this month, Walmart stated the company will layoff 1,000 corporate jobs before February 1 when its fiscal year begins. It also cut 7,000 back-office positions in many stores.

Walmart also intends to cut back on imports and sell more American-made products. To help with this, the company will hand out grants to six universities:

To that end, Walmart announced a round of grants to six universities working on textile innovations in hopes of bringing back some U.S. manufacturing in that industry, similar to grants it has made in the past.

In 2013, Walmart pledged to buy $250 billion more in American-made, grown, assembled and sourced products over 10 years. Annual sales for Walmart U.S. are about $300 billion. It has also given worker $2.7 billion in raises in the last two years and ramped up its training.

The company this week announced its central role in a new retail industry-wide continuing education initiative led by the National Retail Federation called “Rise Up,” which aims to provide store workers with chain-agnostic credentials and education that will sharpen basic skills and make them more employable at more retailers.

GM will invest $1 billion more into U.S. factories and move some production from Mexico back to the states. This money will help the company “create or retain 1,500 jobs.” The company also stated “it expects more than 5,000 salaried jobs will come in key growth areas such as with its subsidiary GM Financial and in advanced technology.”

Some of the production from Mexico includes production of “axle jobs for its next-generation full-size pickups.” This will add 450 jobs, but the company declined specific details:

GM said it also will in-source from a supplier axle jobs for its next-generation full-size pickups. That work currently is done in Mexico and it will move to Michigan, creating 450 U.S. jobs. A spokeswoman declined to name the supplier or where or when those jobs would come to the U.S.

“As the U.S. manufacturing base increases its competitiveness, we are able to further increase our investment, resulting in more jobs for America and better results for our owners,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “The U.S. is our home market and we are committed to growth that is good for our employees, dealers, and suppliers and supports our continued effort to drive shareholder value.”

For the next year and a half, Amazon will hire 100,000 people across the states. The majority of hirings will occur at warehouses in Texas, California, Florida, and New Jersey. The company stated these “jobs will include full benefits and span engineering roles, logistics, and customer service, among other occupations.”

Warehouses employ most Amazon employees. To help reach its goal, the company will probably “convert some part-time jobs to full-time jobs.” The company hired 120,000 holiday workers, which means some will become permanent employees.


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buckeyeminuteman | January 17, 2017 at 3:39 pm


    buckeyeminuteman in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | January 17, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Walmart adding more stores is good for the US construction industry and the employees who work at them. Additionally, it does create manufacturing jobs…in China. Walmart is nothing more than a cheap Chinese crap delivery system. Precisely why I haven’t stepped foot in one in over 5 years.

      Ragspierre in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | January 17, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      What a silly load of crap (ALLLLL American crap, too!)

      NONE of the guns or ammo, paint, oil and other fluids for cars/trucks are from anywhere BUT the US. I’ve never seen any garden hoses, weed-eaters or lawn mowers from China, either.

      NONE of the electronics are from China, though some might have partly assembled there, or incorporate parts from China.

      MOST all the food they sell is totally from the US, though we are blessed to have some fresh produce from any-where-in-the-flucking-world brought to us by foreign devils that we’d NEVER have this time of year BUT FOR markets.

      But, OTOH, WallyWorld doesn’t sell T-rumpian bling from China or Ivanka fashions from other third-world spots.

        casualobserver in reply to Ragspierre. | January 17, 2017 at 6:04 pm

        ?? Even top Japanese brand consumer electronics are manufactured and assembled outside of the country. Between China and other developing areas of SE Asia, you’ll find most of the electronics exported. China is growing fast in large equipment including transportation, too.

Walmart can go get bent for all I care. Last year, the Sam’s Club CEO bragged on CNN about how she didn’t want to do any business with “white men.” Walmart had a chance to rein in the racist affirmative action hire, but instead doubled down on stupid and racist. I avoid that place now.

    Ragspierre in reply to bobtuba. | January 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Dude, you righteousness is WAY behind the times.

    Hellary Clinton was a board member of WalMart for years, and decades ago.

    I’m not thrilled with the politics of any number of American outfits, but I still find them useful to use to my own purposes.

      casualobserver in reply to Ragspierre. | January 17, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Agree. If we shopped based on corporate politics, board representation, etc., there would be few places to go. Even if you like the store, what about the product manufacturer? It could become a haystack needle for every item you need

Well, I have 2 kids that work at WalMart (3 when my college kid joins them in the summer)and WalMart has treated them well. So I’ll keep shopping there and save money. Besides, liberals hate WalMart, so that is another plus.

And yes they sell quite a bit of stuff made in China. Just like almost everyone else.

    Besides, liberals hate WalMart, so that is another plus.

    And Walmart, like many other brands/chains, has opted to follow state and local laws regarding the legal carrying of firearms, openly or concealed. They are pointedly NOT cowing to the anti-gun groups threatening to “boycott” Walmart (most of whom don’t shop there anyway, so no loss).

IIRC, when Sam Walton was alive, WalMart made every effort to sale American made products, including encouraging foreign manufacturers to locate manufacturing in the USA.

You can only sale what you can source. If the source is China or other foreign firms, that is your choice. We simply lost many of our manufacturers, for a variety of reasons. Blaming Walmart is silly.

Unpossible! Walmart, GM, and Amazon (among others) creating jobs!?

Don’t they know only the government can create jobs!?

“You didn’t build that,” ring a bell??