More than 500 entrepreneurs flocked to the home office in Bentonville to pitch their "Made-in-the-USA" products in hopes of selling their ideas, to the retail giant.
"You know we are always looking for products that our customers will want, when they want them, where they'll want them. And today it's about making products in the US and bringing more US made products to our customers," said Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart VP of US Manufacturing.
One company making a pitch is based right here in Northwest Arkansas.
Redman and Associates planted stakes in Bentonville last October. Its president, Rodney Redman, says that buying American made products is important to his business.
"The quality to be able to touch it, feel it, here instead of having to depend on-- some come from over-seas, is a big deal," said Redman.
Redman, not the only one hoping to land a deal for Arkansas workers. According to Grant Tennille, the Director of Arkansas' Economic Development Commission, the state, stands to benefit more than most, from Walmart's initiative to buy American.
"Arkansas has the highest percentage of manufacturing employment in the south," Tennille said.
"So as Walmart is working with these companies today, to try and forge those relationships we want the opportunity to pitch them on doing business here in Arkansas."
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