Hans-Mill Corp., a manufacturer of stainless steel trash cans, opened its first U.S. factory in Jacksonville, Florida, moving production from China.
Hans-Mill's new 121,000 square foot facility anticipates creating more than 50 local jobs as part of Walmart’s 10-year commitment to buy an additional $250 billion in products supporting American jobs. The factory will use state-of-the-art automated assembly equipment and, in the beginning, produce stainless steel, pedal trash cans. This equipment, developed by a consortium of international equipment makers, is believed to be the first of its kind in this industry.
“Our economy continues to gain significant momentum with new jobs and opportunities coming to our city,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “Jacksonville’s growing manufacturing industry is attracting international companies like Hans-Mill Corporation that are adding even more opportunities for families in our community. With the opening of this new facility, we are increasing Jacksonville’s growing reputation as a hub for international business.”
Based on data from Boston Consulting Group, it’s estimated that 1 million new U.S. jobs will be created through Walmart’s initiative, including direct manufacturing job growth of approximately 250,000, and indirect job growth of approximately 750,000 in the support and service sectors.
“Our customers have told us that second to price, where products are made influences their purchase decisions,” said Cindi Marsiglio, vice president, U.S. manufacturing, Walmart. “We are focused on buying great quality products that create jobs in communities across the U.S. It makes sense for our customers, our communities and our company.”
As part of the Jacksonville investment, HMC is also setting up a full injection molding operation to produce plastic bulk storage containers for consumer use. The items being produced at HMC's factory are very large, so freight costs were a key factor in evaluating this investment.
“Walmart has made a significant impact on our company, our employees, and our community,” said James Han, President and CEO of Hans-Mill Corp. “We’re excited for today’s grand opening and the opportunity to bring new jobs and manufacturing to Jacksonville.”
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