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Wal-Mart plans to add 3,000 jobs in N.C. this year

Posted April 22, 2009

— Retail giant Wal-Mart plans to expand its North Carolina work force by 3,000 this year despite the recession.

David Cameron, general manager for the Carolinas, made the announcement during an Earth Day ceremony on Wednesday. Wal-Mart already employs more than 51,000 people in the state.

"In a time when many are suffering, we want North Carolinians to know that we are here to stay," Cameron said.

The company also “expects healthy growth” in the next two quarters of the year.

However, where the jobs will be added was not spelled out in the announcement.

Wa-Mart is the state’s largest private employer and operates 155 locations, including Wal-Mart Supercenters; Sam's Clubs and distribution centers.

As part of the Earth Day event, Wal-Mart also disclosed that it made grants of more than $7 million to North Carolina nonprofits in 2008.

“We are especially eager to step up in these tough economic times to help some of North Carolina's most deserving nonprofits,” said Chris Neeley, chairman of the North Carolina Wal-Mart Foundation State Giving Council.

Grant recipients included:

  • American Diabetes Association, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Andrews Valley Initiative, Andrews, N.C.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina Inc., Havelock, N.C.
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills Inc., Southern Pines, N.C.
  • Bright Hopes, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Burke County United Way, Morganton, N.C.
  • Care Clinic Inc., Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Citizen Schools Inc., Charlotte, N.C.
  • City Rescue Mission Inc., Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Communities in Schools of North Carolina Inc., Raleigh, N.C.
  • Conservation Trust for North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Friendship Trays Inc., Charlotte, N.C.
  • Girls Incorporated of the Albemarle Inc., Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • Graham Children's Health Services of Toe River, Burnsville, N.C.
  • Hospice Palliative Care of Greensboro, Greensboro, N.C.
  • John Avery Boys Girls Club Inc., Durham, N.C.
  • Keep Gastonia Beautiful Inc., Gastonia, N.C.
  • Lower Cape Fear Hospice Incorporated, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood, Cary, N.C.
  • Lumber River Development Corp, Pembroke, N.C.
  • Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas, Raleigh, N.C.
  • North Carolina Big Sweep Inc., Zebulon, N.C.
  • North Carolina Coastal Federation Inc., Wilmington, N.C.
  • North Carolina Medical Society Foundation Inc., Raleigh, N.C.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Inc., Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Asheville, N.C.
  • Sturgeon City, Jacksonville, N.C.
  • The Society of Saint Andrew NC, Durham, N.C.
  • Triangle Land Conservancy Inc., Raleigh, N.C.
  • Winston-Salem Street School, Winston-Salem, N.C.
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  • SaveEnergyMan Apr 22, 7:17 p.m.

    Wal-Mart has pioneered low cost retailing. At first, it was about distribution and buying on consignment. They actually encouraged buy American. Later, they saw that China represented a cheaper way. They forced manufacturer's margins tighter and demanded that goods be made in China - in order to save less than one penny on the dollar (this from a reliable source). They cut benefits for employees and encouraged them to seek gov't benefits. They take profit maximization to the extreme, but that's what an unemotional corporation does.

    I do not begrudge Wal-Mart in their quest for profits. However, pushing all manufacturing overseas destroys our entire economy. Manufacturing generates wealth that allows us to thrive, rather than existing in the 3rd world. That is why we have laws on international trade, tariffs, and must enforce trade treaties and common sense. China is using our greed to take us down and become a superpower.

  • LibertarianTechie Apr 22, 5:58 p.m.

    redapace, Wal-Mart did not come up with the concept of having goods made in China--the American people did. Wal-Mart quickly figured out that for most Americans, they will allow a decline in quality for a lower price. All Wal-Mart has done is perfected this concept. Besides, if Mom and Pop stores would focus on customers, they would do fine with Wal-Mart in town--I've seen it.

  • jpbrigan1 Apr 22, 5:18 p.m.

    pbjbeach,

    Nobody should require a CEO salary to pay their bills. If you do, and were skilled enough to earn that much money, you should be able to figure out a way to get by.

  • Rolling Along Apr 22, 5:17 p.m.

    We used to have manufacturing jobs that paid more than double the current average pay that WM pays. Most of those jobs have been outsourced to China. You get what you pay for when price is your only criteria. FWIW the largest employer in Harnett County in 1999 was Swift Denim Mills with an average wage of $14 an hour, employing around 2,000 people. In 2009 it was Walmart at an average wage of $11 an hour and employing 450 people...

  • mewuvbb Apr 22, 5:10 p.m.

    Walmart has got it going on..they really know how to do things right, they are only hiring part-time this is a way of getting rid of the full-time or full-timers hours..either way they really know how to do things..and the next time you are in a Walmart..please be sure to be nice to their employess..as they are the really ones having it rough..

  • pbjbeach Apr 22, 5:09 p.m.

    WHILE THIS IS GREAT WHO CAN AFFORD TO LIVE ON AN PAY BILLS ON A WALMART SALARY I SURELY CAN'T NOT UNLESS THEY ARE FIGURING ON HIRING 3,000 C.E.O. S. AN I DONT THINK THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT HERE THANK YOU

  • redapace Apr 22, 5:02 p.m.

    Wal-Mart pioneereed the whole "everybody get everything made in China" movement, whilst waving the American flag in the faces of the dummies that made them rich. Way to go. At least they were rational enough to realize at some point that the American flag did not fit their logo and removed it.

  • keeprightexcepttopass Apr 22, 5:00 p.m.

    I can go to Wal-Mart and get 500 Ibuprofen's for 7 bucks, 100 Benadryls for 4 bucks, etc... The prices are the reason I go and continue to go. I'm happy! Keep'em coming!!

    It's unfair to complain about wages. If you want more pay, go to college, pick a specialized field that you'll make you big bucks in and have at it. If you can't afford college, that's what financial aid is for. I used financial aid (not grants) and paid every penny of it back.

  • ThisIsMyName Apr 22, 4:54 p.m.

    China-Mart....er... Wal-Mart and more part-time jobs!

  • daisymom Apr 22, 4:45 p.m.

    Ex worked at Wal-Mart. He hated it, but it did make our home a two-income household. He made about as much as I did. I had a job that required certification and a license and college. Besides, it is a job. If you really liked it, they wouldn't have to pay you to do it.

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