By  on August 15, 2014

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s second U.S. manufacturing summit in Denver on Thursday was filled with speeches from top company executives, feel-good videos of factory workers and testimonials from Wal-Mart suppliers, who spoke about their success with the retailer.

American government officials were also in attendance. Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the Small Business Administration, said, “There’s a renaissance in small manufacturing [in the U.S.]. Last year, more than 1,300 manufacturing companies opened their doors in the U.S. Small businesses account for 45 percent of all manufacturing jobs, or five million jobs.”

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