Factory Man

Factory Man

How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local--and Helped Save An American Town

eBook - 2014
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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 three generations, it was also the center of life in Bassett, VA-an unincorporated town that existed solely for the people who built the company's products. But beginning in the 1980s, the Bassett company suffered from an influx of cheap Chinese furniture as the first waves of Asian competition hit, and ultimately was forced to send its production offshore to Asia. Only one man fought back. That man is John Bassett III, a descendant of the Bassetts whose own Vaughan-Bassett company today employs more than 700 Virginians and has sales of over $90 million. In FACTORY MAN, Beth Macy brings to life Bassett's deeply personal furniture and family story. As she shows how he uses...
Publisher: 2014.
ISBN: 9780316322607
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource ( pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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StarGladiator
Oct 05, 2014

A great, and sad, book, but also a most American book for the present! Whether Harvard's Rogoff pushing phony "austerity" studies, or Catherine Mann [also with - - or was with - - the Peterson Institute as is Rogoff], Brown University, who did a study, making the assumption that for every one job offshored, two would magically be created in America, then later citing that as factual [remember, this was an assumption, not sourced] the agenda has been to offshore as many jobs as possible, to profit Wall Street and the Transnational Capitalist Class, the Americans involved falling into the American Traitor Class.

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writermala
Sep 23, 2014

found this book at the same time Fascinating and Gut-wrenching. Beth Macy has explored the History of the factory town of Bassett Virginia, its progress to becoming the foremost manufacturer of quality furniture and its eventual decline on losing market share to imports.

So, how could this be interesting? The author tells the story of the Bassett family along with the story of furniture manufacture. The infighting and the family politics is what makes it so.

I thought I'd be skimming through the book to see how imports jeopardized American manufacture. Instead I read every page and savored the details of John Bassett III's personality and his fight to keep his factories running.

1dreamer Aug 17, 2014

This is an interesting book. It it basically a biography of the Bassett Furniture company. It describes the generations of Bassetts who run the furniture company. It also talks about the company town of Bassett, VA. and what life is like in a company town.

This is a must read if you want to understand what happened to the manufacturing jobs in America, and why we no longer have manufacturing in America.

I just heard the author on NPR, makes me want to read the book. I'm trying to read more non-fiction. Hope this is as interesting as it sounds.

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