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Walmart announces plans for Georgia shoe plant

10:03 AM, Nov 1, 2013   |    comments
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HAZLEHURST, Ga. -- Executives with Walmart Stores Inc. say they plan to move production of some shoes from overseas to a manufacturing plant in south Georgia, which they say will create 250 jobs in the state.

The retailer on Thursday announced plans for the facility in Hazlehurst, a Jeff Davis County town about 100 miles west of Savannah.

Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart said its longtime supplier Elan-Polo Inc. will start production of injection-molded footwear in March 2014 in Hazlehurst as part of a joint venture with McPherson Manufacturing.

Officials say the facility will produce 20,000 pairs of shoes per day once it is at full capacity. Previously, the shoes were manufactured overseas.

Associated Press

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