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Walmart suppliers grapple with challenge of Made in US label

Buying American is, in part, a response to Chinese labour costs that have hit 61% of US levels

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Walmart's "Made in the USA" efforts go back to 2013, when it came under increasing pressure from unions and other critics who says that its drive for low-cost goods was undermining American jobs.
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Mr Avgoustis (above) says that his company purchases wood for its brushes from Sri Lanka, and bristles from Sri Lanka or Mexico, because the American suppliers it once used have all gone out of business. Mr Sloan says: "I really love what Walmart is doing, but we'll see how committed they are in the long run."
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Mr Avgoustis says that his company purchases wood for its brushes from Sri Lanka, and bristles from Sri Lanka or Mexico, because the American suppliers it once used have all gone out of business. Mr Sloan says: "I really love what Walmart is doing, but we'll see how committed they are in the long run."

Bentonville, Arkansas

DETROIT Quality Brushes is a company that does just what its name suggests: It makes high quality brushes in Detroit.

Years ago, the company had 18 competitors in the United States. Today, there are only three left, says John Avgoustis, head of marketing and