Local government officials and economic development leaders love to hear news that is good for companies in Columbus and the city’s workforce. The recent news from Dorel Juvenile qualifies as a win-win for both.

The car-seat giant scored a major deal with nationwide retailer Walmart, which is asking Dorel’s Columbus operation, located at 2525 State St., to supply it with 1 million child car seats.

Walmart previously had a supplier agreement with a Chinese competitor of Dorel’s, but the switch to Dorel is part of Walmart’s commitment to buy $250 billion worth of products supporting American jobs in the next decade.

The new deal is expected to add about 60 jobs at Dorel, which will primarily be manufacturing and distribution positions. The company already employs about 700 people locally.

Deals that benefit companies operating in Columbus and the city, by putting more area residents to work, are a home run. That’s what this is.

It gives the community a big shot in the arm, and gives more residents an opportunity to land a job and make a good living. That’s news everyone can be happy about.

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