LVMH is opening a new Texas leather goods workshop — with a lot of fanfare.
The French luxury group will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at its Louis Vuitton Rochambeau Ranch in Keene, Texas, senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump confirmed today via Twitter. President Donald Trump and Ivanka will both be present for the event. LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault and other senior LVMH execs, including Louis Vuitton chairman and CEO Michael Burke, are also expected to attend.
At present, Louis Vuitton operates 24 workshops worldwide, most of which are in Europe. Two facilities are located stateside, in California. LVMH plans to create 1,000 jobs at the Texas workshop over the next five years.
The job creation is part of Trump’s Pledge to America’s Workers initiative, which is aimed at expanding education and training opportunities for American students and employees. Over 350 companies have signed onto the initiative, with 14,000,000-plus opportunities pledged over the next five years.
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Throughout Trump’s candidacy and presidency, he has emphasized the importance of job creation — speaking of his intent to bring positions back to the states from overseas. In 2019, the manufacturing sector is adding an average of 5,000 jobs per month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, down from an average of 22,000 jobs added monthly in 2018. The U.S. unemployment rate has hit its lowest number since 1969, dropping to just 3.5%.
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