Update: Walmart pushing for more Ark. product makers

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Bentonville-based Walmart is making a push to sell more U.S.-made goods and part of that effort includes promoting products made in Arkansas.

    The world's largest retailer on Monday held an event in Little Rock to highlight more than 1,700 Arkansas-made items on its shelves.

    Walmart has developed an "Arkansas Own" label to flag items made in the state.

    The company says higher oil and labor prices in Asia have made manufacturing there more expensive. Walmart is investing $50 billion over10 years on American-made products.

    Company officials say they are offering U.S.-based suppliers longer contracts so they can afford to invest in new facilities.

    Gov. Mike Beebe says the state is talking with foreign companies that are looking at building new U.S. plants, though he didn't offer further details.

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