Factory Man

Factory Man

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

Book - 2014
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Describes how the chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture fought for his more than seven hundred employees in a small Virginia town using legal maneuvers, factory efficiencies, and his wits and determination in the wake of sales losses to cheap Asian furniture imports.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316231435
Branch Call Number: 338.7684 MAC 2014
Characteristics: x, 451 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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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.

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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