Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local – and Helped Save an American Town
One man’s battle to save hundreds of jobs by taking on China and demonstrating the greatness of American business
With over $500 million a year in sales, the Bassett Furniture Company was once the world’s biggest wood furniture manufacturer. Run by the same powerful Virginia family for a century, it was also the center of life in Bassett, Virginia — an unincorporated town that existed solely to fuel the business. But beginning in the 1980s, the Bassett company suffered from an influx of cheap Asian furniture as the first wave of imports struck, and ultimately moved nearly all its production to Asia.
Only one man fought back: John Bassett III, a shrewd and determined third-generation factory man who used grit, tenacity, and will to compete against China and ultimately save his family’s company. In Factory Man, Beth Macy brings to life John Bassett’s fascinating business, with wildly colorful stories from an American industry that once ruled the world and might again see better days. As Macy shows how he uses legal maneuvers, factory efficiencies, and sheer will to save hundreds of jobs, she also discovers the hidden history of industry in America.
Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company today employs more than seven hundred people, with John Bassett at the helm. His story unveils shocking truths about American business, including the hidden fallout of offshoring on communities across the country. By revealing how one businessman took on China — and won — Factory Man raises a flag for the return of made-in-America products.
Here is a link to the book Factory Man
After years of delay and debate, the German automaker finally announced today it would build a seven-passenger SUV based on the CrossBlue concept at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant. The $900 million project will add 2,000 direct jobs in Tennessee as the plant ramps up production by late 2016 Source Justin Hyde Motoramic
This is great news for Americans everywhere. I have no desire to enter a union or non union argument and would rather celebrate jobs in the USA.
We have not created a listing for American made cars because it is very confusing as to where everything is made. Many cars on the American road were made here of course but many American brands are made in Canada and Mexico and the manufactures don’t advertise any of it.
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Did you know you can still buy incandescent light bulbs that are Made in the USA. Yes that’s right, today we added a company to our site that makes light bulbs right here at home.
Also added today to the Made in the USA directory were baby clothes, stoneware, and men and women’s clothing all made in America.
Don’t forget when you keep your money in the USA you help keep jobs in the USA.
On www.americansworking.com we strive to promote American made products. All of the listings on our site we checked out one at a time to ensure they were American Made and proud of it. Of course things change from time to time and we have to remove listings when things have changed.
We hope you will visit often and tell your friends where to find products Made in the USA.
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