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Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local -… (edição: 2014)

de Beth Macy (Autor)

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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.
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Título:Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town
Autores:Beth Macy (Autor)
Informação:Little, Brown and Company (2014), Edition: Later Printing, 464 pages
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Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town de Beth Macy

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John Douglas Bassett, a.k.a. J.D. Bassett, started first a sawmill and then a furniture company with his brother, C.C. Bassett, in Virginia in 1902. The unincorporated town of Bassett grew up around the factory. As the business and the family grew, J.D. assisted relatives and in-laws to start other furniture companies, and the region became a powerhouse in the American furniture industry.

And then the 1980s and the beginnings of globalization and cheap Chinese import furniture arrived.

This is mainly the story of John D. Bassett III (JBIII), J.D.'s grandson, and his battle to keep his factory alive, his employees working, and American-made furniture in American homes. Macy makes JBIII, his ancestors, and his cousins and in-laws rich and compelling characters. The growth of the Bassett companies, the cooperation and conflict within the family, and the close intertwining among the family, the industry, and the communities they operate in is revealed in beautiful and absorbing detail. When JBIII recognizes the impact Chinese imports are having not just on his business but on the whole industry, he decides to fight back. Because Vaughn-Bassett is closely held, unlike many other furniture companies, even the original Bassett Furniture, he's free to pursue what he thinks is the best course, and not just the quarterly bottom line.

He uses the tools provided by the same laws that enabled the foreign threat to his business to fight back, and keep his factory and his town alive.

Macy brings the story to life, clearly explaining the business issues, the economic issues, and the personalities at play here. She and Bassett ask a question often overlooked in the free market purists' enthusiasm for low consumer prices: What good are low prices if the would-be consumers don't have jobs, or are making so little that they can't afford even those "low" prices?

Highly recommended.

Book trailer: Meet John Bassett III
http://youtu.be/aj5KyVdmkho

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
How one furniture maker battled offshoring
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Really interesting look at the impact on one industry and it's workers of globalization. ( )
  kallai7 | Mar 23, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this book a lot! Even though the title suggests that the story is going to center around Bassett furniture descendant John Bassett III and his efforts to save his furniture factory from closure due to Asian imports, its extensive tale of the Bassett family and the history of their furniture empire is what interested me the most. Fascinating!
Beth Macy does an amazing job of reporting this intricate story. Her thorough research covers all the angles, and she has the impressive writing skills to pull off a highly entertaining book, one that easily could have been dry and boring.
It's made me want to be more conscious of buying American made products whenever possible, although granted that's a hard thing to do these days. I tell you one thing it made me do though, go online and look at the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company website and look at the beautiful made in America furniture!!
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  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
If I did my ratings based on some sort of objective evaluation of the quality of a book, this would probably be a four-plus-star read, but I rate based on my reading experience and this just utterly failed to float my canoe. The book does what it says on the tin, giving a history of the Bassett family and their furniture business, providing a biography of John Bassett III, and outlining how he kept the business going as Americans increasingly bought cheaper furniture made in Asia. I probably would have been all about a twenty-page magazine article on this subject, but 400+ pages deadened any interest I had in it. Beth Macy writes well and gives the facts a decent narrative thrust, but I just couldn't get stuck in. Even the fact that most of the important stuff in the book happened within one hundred miles of where I'm sitting didn't help. I ended up skimming. Even so, recommended to people who like biography and nonfiction about business and/or economics. ( )
  lycomayflower | Feb 12, 2015 |
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