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Executives with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. say they plan to move production of some shoes from overseas to a manufacturing plant in south Georgia, which they say will create 250 jobs in the state.

A spokesman for the retailer told the Associated Press on Thursday that the Bentonville Ark., company has plans for the facility in Hazelhurst, a Jeff Davis County town about 100 miles west of Savannah.

Walmart said its longtime supplier Elan-Polo Inc. will start production of injection-molded footwear in March 2014 in Hazelhurst as part of a joint venture with McPherson Manufacturing.

Officials say the facility will produce 20,000 pairs of shoes per day once it is at full capacity. Previously, the shoes were manufactured overseas.

This is the second announcement this week of companies bringing formerly overseas clothing production to Georgia soil.

On Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that Shrivallabh Pittie Group, a leading textile manufacturer in India, will build its first U.S.-based manufacturing facility near Sylvania, creating 250 jobs and investing $70 million.

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