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November 3, 2013

Wal-Mart announces plans for Georgia shoe plant

HAZLEHURST, Ga. — Executives with Wal-Mart 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 Wal-Mart 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.

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