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  • Timetogo Jan 17, 9:52 a.m.

    Need more Associates/less Management! Use those registers! Bring more production back to the US and put Americans back to work! Sam had the right idea. What took you so long to figure it out?

  • liskm Jan 16, 7:12 p.m.

    Cannon Mills was founded in 1888! Google 1888 Mills and you will find they are comprised of former CEO's of the once Cannon empire history. The company appears to have quite a small presence in the USA (GA). Mostly R&D and most production being out of Pakistan/Bangledesh.
    Why they aren't squimish about dealing with Walmart is a mystery to me.
    Me thinks there are some tidbits left out of the deal and the report on this afront anyhoo!
    More digging to do!

  • liskm Jan 16, 7:05 p.m.

    In September, 1997, Fieldcrest-Cannon was sold to the Pillowtex Corporation for $700,000,000. Sales slid, and problems began to appear as Pillowtex lost money. According to a former CEO of Pillowtex, its largest product buyer, Wal-Mart, encouraged the company to move production overseas but Pillowtex refused. It was undercut by competitors and stopped supplying Wal-Mart.[1]
    Three years later, in November 2000, Pillowtex filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. In May 2002, Pillowtex briefly surfaced from bankruptcy for little more than a year, but things kept sliding.
    On July 30, 2003, Pillowtex Corporation announced the complete bankruptcy of the company. Over the night of July 30, 7,650 people became unemployed (4,340 in Kannapolis alone). This was the largest permanent layoff in the history of the State of North Carolina.

  • driverkid3 Jan 16, 4:52 p.m.

    federal sales2, thank you very much, and WELCOME HOME,SIR!

  • driverkid3 Jan 16, 4:51 p.m.

    computer trainer::::Uhavenoclu- if you can live on $1000 a month, more power to you. That is what the average military retiree gets, AFTER taxes.

    I live on less than $725.00 a month and do quite well. It's not all that hard unless you have to have the newest and best of everything that comes along.

  • federalsales2 Jan 16, 4:00 p.m.

    I am a Vietnam vet, who gave us job when we returned,, no body and a lot of Vets are still out of work. The public turns there backs on the Vietnam Vet, and now praise the new Vets...What up with that??

  • federalsales2 Jan 16, 3:57 p.m.

    Next time you shop at Wally world look on the tag of the product and see where it was made, Not USA so how can they buy American, come on now.

  • superman Jan 16, 3:21 p.m.

    The idea is excellent. If veterans can fid a job elsewhere good for them. If they cant do better Walmart is there. Nothing like helping your self esteem and self worth than having a job. There is certainly nothing negative here.

  • WASP Jan 16, 2:50 p.m.

    We'll see.

  • delta29alpha Jan 16, 1:44 p.m.

    We, the consumers, are in total control [and the source of the problem]. Stop buying anything not made in the US and see how fast they start finding a way to sell US-made products.

    CountryBoyz

    That's good advise but I think we should have done that back when we still made things in America. The choices of things made in America now is very limited.

  • driverkid3 Jan 16, 1:28 p.m.

    pmck::::Still won't shop there.

    Is someone twisting your arm to make you go there? Didn't think so. I think if I was working there and someone iwth your attitude came in, I'd have to report you as a suspicious person.

  • driverkid3 Jan 16, 1:20 p.m.

    icmfal, I worked with Veterans back in the late 70's. My job was to help get disability benefits. So, don't tell something like that. I know better. There are people that work with Veterans EVERY day to help them get the benefits that they need and deserve. 90% of my Veterans back then would much rather work than have benefits to start with. They were and still are very honorable men, and I think of them every day that goes by.

  • delta29alpha Jan 16, 1:20 p.m.

    Walk into any Wal-mart and you will be hard pressed to find "Made in America" on items being sold.

    spiritseeker

    Walk into ANYWHERE and try to find "Made In America" Items being sold. It's downright impossible.

  • No Party Affiliate Jan 16, 1:17 p.m.

    The only thing Walmart is trying to do is take over every industry. Look at your job and think about Walmart taking it over. When that happens expect lower pay and hours.
    Walmart will be expanding its service industry more. The people will go to Walmart regardless.

  • driverkid3 Jan 16, 1:05 p.m.

    68_dodge_polara, a Wal Mart job may not be the best thing to happen, but it beats not having a job at all. These days, beggars can't be choosy. If I was able to work, I'd jump on one in a minute as much as I dislike being around a lot of people.

  • Not_Time_Yet Jan 16, 12:53 p.m.

    Having had the unpleasant task of an occasional meeting with Walmart corporate during my professional life there is NOTHING they can do to get me to shop inside one of their stores. The company is NASTY, I'll happily pay a few cents more (and sometimes less) for the same items at another store.

  • Malaki Jan 16, 12:22 p.m.

    When Wal-Mart first opened, they prided themselves on selling American made goods. The transition to cheaper goods was very disappointing to me, though there are plenty of folks who want those cheaper goods. Unfortunately, we really only end up hurting ourselves in the long run. I try to buy American made as much as I can.

  • No Party Affiliate Jan 16, 12:20 p.m.

    "I will be spending more time and money at Wal Mart."

    Thank you for helping destroy America. After Walmart also shop at Costco, Kmart, Sheetz, etc.... That will help further destroy the country.

    BTW, what a great deal for the troops, after risking their lives for our country they automatically get a $7.25 hr job with less than 30 hours a week. Isn't Walmart grand!

  • Glock07 Jan 16, 11:45 a.m.

    I will be spending more time and money at Wal Mart.

  • LovemyPirates Jan 16, 11:44 a.m.

    Yep and pay them minimum wage.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Jan 16, 10:07 a.m.

    Believe it or not, those veterans have skills that many civilians do not.-Evolve......I interviewed tons of applicants for jobs after the first gulf war. Almost all of them were "water purification specialist". Unless that job has changed, they told me they rode in the truck and delivered filtered fresh water to the troops. Important, yes. But not in the public sector. The truck drivers applied for the jobs driving trucks. Former squad leaders and officers like myself, move into management positions or simply stay in service. But the newbies get out pretty much how they go in. But like I said, it's a start.

  • Evolve Jan 16, 10:04 a.m.

    Here's the deal, it's all supply and demand. Of course everyone on here understands that there are people in China with 4 year degrees that are manufacturing our 'widgets', making barely enough money to live in a hut. How do you think they and the rest of the financially strapped world view US citizens. When unskilled labor in the US can make these 'great' wages that Wal-mart is offering? There is a global financial pressure that makes these things inevitable. We are going to be hard pressed to keep the wealth we've accumulated in this country here without intervening with some type of isolationist legislation. If people think things are going to get better in this country, they're wrong. There are too many poor people in the world that want what we have and they have learned the rules of our government and economy.

  • superman Jan 16, 9:43 a.m.

    Doesnt make any difference where the product is made. We like to buy cheap and will buy the cheapest where ever it is made. We have brought all this on ourselves by buying the cheap item instead of paying more and buying American.

  • bubbba Jan 16, 9:38 a.m.

    My father was a pilot in WWII and he would never even buy Japanese cars with an emphasis on Mitzubishi. I asked him why and he told those guys used to shoot at him not to long ago,.

  • corwinsshadow Jan 16, 9:36 a.m.

    Though I still shop at Wal*Mart, I don't necessarily agree with all their business practices. (But then, is there really any big corporation/organization that you can agree with 100% of their decisions?)

    But any individual or business who pledges support to veterans (and follows through on it) deserves praise for that decision. Well done, in this case, Wal*Mart!

  • Evolve Jan 16, 9:34 a.m.

    Some very ungrateful people posting. Sure this is political, but at least they are making some kind of effort.

    Also, hiring veterans is no mor discrimination than hiring college graduates. Believe it or not, those veterans have skills that many civilians do not. And they are skills that are worth something- motivation, leadership, attitude. They apply universally. If you don't think it's fair, how about joining the military or a university and making something happen.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Jan 16, 9:21 a.m.

    Makes sense to me. Perfect place to put people to work who have no marketable job skills. At least they won't be just laying around waiting for a check to arrive. Good starting point. But SatanMart never does anything that doesn't benefit the Walton heirs. Sam would have done things the right way.

  • kitelover110 Jan 16, 9:19 a.m.

    It's way past time for this company to revert to the ideals of its founder. When Sam Walton was living, there were absolutely no products in the Walmart stores that were not made in the United States! He would not even allow products made by US prison inmates as a part of an in-house business owned by private dompanies if the employees were prison inmates.

    Maybe now Sam has something to smile about!

  • tjszx2 Jan 16, 8:58 a.m.

    I'm a vet..........if I were out of work and needed/wanted a job I would be more than happy to take a job at Wal-Mart. IT's A JOB PEOPLE......better taking hand outs from the tax payers, at least I could then say that I paid my way verses expecting the tax payers to support me. I'd flip a burger if thats what it would take to make ends meet unlike a lot of people today that expect something for nothing.

  • jcthai Jan 16, 8:56 a.m.

    I guess Wal*Mart is counting on not having to worry about providing healthcare benefits to veterans. Hard to imagine them actually wanting to do something good for anyone other than themselves.

  • MonkeyFace Jan 16, 8:41 a.m.

    I have a question for all the debbie downers out there... since when is making $0 per hour better than $7.25 per hour. A job's a job, even if it just some thing to buy time until you find a better one. Some thing is better than nothing.. am I wrong?

  • MonkeyFace Jan 16, 8:37 a.m.

    spending $50 billion to buy more American-made merchandise in the next 10 years -----if you would have done this in the first place... maybe it would have gotten as bad as it did... food for thought

  • NE Raleigh Jan 15, 7:59 p.m.

    Nice gesture, but I'm sure Vets are looking for a little more than $8.00 - $10.00 per hour at part time hours,

  • ncveteranswife Jan 15, 7:47 p.m.

    Carolina43: You are correct...I support Wal-Mart 100% as well. My husband is also a veteran and has no regrets after serving in the Gulf War and I have seen the folks at the Durham VA many, many times and I know some of them could use a job...I just hope Wal-Mart will consider hiring a veterans wife.

  • nighttrain2010 Jan 15, 7:24 p.m.

    >>What? NO one said anything about NO TRADE... Tarrifs are the equalizer in competition with foreign labor... or have you forgotten you econ classes... -offthegrid7165

    I haven't forgotten them at all. I also haven't forgotten the MULTIPLE times in history that tariffs led to trade wars because people were too busy trying to protect their jobs instead of realizing that certain products could be made cheaper elsewhere holding on to some misplaced 'dream' of what it 'used to be like'. That's historical economics. One can not apply pie in the sky theory to real world situations (such as those that claim tariffs will 'save our jobs' when in effect they will not). High tariffs cause higher prices and less choice of product for the consumer. Eventually nations that are confronted with high tariffs find another market for their products and no goods are exchanged.

  • FV_DM Jan 15, 7:16 p.m.

    Does this mean that GIS, the company that makes Walmart's hiring decisions, will waive their rule about having nothing on the applicant's criminal and credit reports all the way back to the age of 18?

  • dlnorri Jan 15, 7:11 p.m.

    Joke is on us. Sam W made a pledge to buy American, and his pledged was used to build the largest exporter of jobs and companies in the country. At least the operators dropped the lie in the early 90's when they were challenged. Read up on a toy called etch-a-sketch to get an idea of walmarts intentions when it comes to jobs in the USA.....

  • chrisnrali Jan 15, 7:00 p.m.

    I truly hope they actually follow through with this.

  • mewuvbb Jan 15, 6:46 p.m.

    FYI Fig Newtons are made in Mexico...bet you did not know..our food is made overseas..has been for awhile

  • msha Jan 15, 6:46 p.m.

    Good for Wal-mart. We need to look out for all our veterans. They have risk their lives looking out for us and protecting us. THANK-YOU.

  • shakennotstirred Jan 15, 6:38 p.m.

    Bwaahaahaaa. The "I'm too good to shop at Walmart" posters are in high gear today. If this company follows through on this plan, they can singularly do more for the american economy than anyone/anything else, period. How does this article bring out haters over a company who says they are trying to do the right thing? If I didn't have a job, I would be glad to work at Walmart. Unlike some people, I would rather work than sit around draining the economy...

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Jan 15, 6:37 p.m.

    Attention, Wal Mart shoppers:

    www.HowToBuyAmerican.com
    www.IOnlyBuyAmerican.com
    www.MadeInTheUSA.org
    buyamericanchallenge.wordpress.com
    www.MadeInAmericaStore.com
    www.MadeInUSAForever.com...

  • cantstandgoloanymore Jan 15, 6:27 p.m.

    sunshine1040 - not entirely true. You can go to a military medical facility and still get free medical, if you don't mind waiting. You also can get free prescriptions at the military pharmacies. Tricare just gives you the option of going to a private doctor at a cost.

  • lwe1967 Jan 15, 6:13 p.m.

    This is wonderful, but they need to stop buying from China and buy American.

  • Terkel Jan 15, 6:11 p.m.

    And golden, no one who orders me to do anything, let alone continue to pay the bills for others without so much as limiting number of kids paid for, is "stressing personal responsibility." He's threatening me with IRS goons who oddly enough have guns, and he can make it so no one ever finds me. You don't see this unfolding? Just how much govt assistance DO you collect every week?

  • paultaylorsr100 Jan 15, 6:09 p.m.

    I am not a veteran but, I do believe we as a nation should only have the obligation to take care of our veteran's, the retired (social security age), and the disabled. And I mean the truly disabled not every Tom, Dick, and Harry that whines. If Wal-Mart want to help the veterans I'm all for it. YOU can sit back and whine all you want to. We owe the veterans.

  • thomasparsons Jan 15, 6:08 p.m.

    "free trade" this "free trade" that!! So they find a pool of slaves on the other side of the world and leverage them against us and thats cool with you guys? Sickning

  • Terkel Jan 15, 6:03 p.m.

    " If she doesn't have medicaid and goes to the ER Guess what? You pay!" golden o

    If she does have medicaid guess what! I pay for her!

    If she doesn't guess what! I pay for her!

    But that's only if she uses it. Now I'll be paying her premium month after month and she might never use the insurance. The only thing that distinguishes 0bamacare from Medicaid is it establishes a precedent by which the govt can force everyone to buy a product from a private company. It's still a free ride for the poor.

  • offthegrid7165 Jan 15, 5:56 p.m.

    ". . .where ALL who are not born into multi millions/billions will once again become peasants to the elite..."

    You completely blew your argument when the veil of this classism statement was removed. Nothing but left-wing talking points. paultaylorsr100

    Call it what you want junior... Current policy promotes the dumbing down and stripping of wealth among Americans.... Personally, I think that is the heart of socialism... So, I guess that makes you a socialist of some sort... Sorry... as for me... I want to see everyone succeed so all can have opportunity...

  • offthegrid7165 Jan 15, 5:53 p.m.

    Bastiat stated when goods do not cross borders, soldiers will. nighttrain

    What? NO one said anything about NO TRADE... Tarrifs are the equalizer in competition with foreign labor... or have you forgotten you econ classes...

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