Factory Man - How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town-logo

Factory Man - How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town

Beth Macy

The instant New York Times bestseller about one man's battle to save hundreds of jobs by demonstrating the greatness of American business. The Bassett Furniture Company was once the world's biggest wood furniture manufacturer. Run by the same powerful Virginia family for generations, it was also the center of life in Bassett, Virginia. But beginning in the 1980s, the first waves of Asian competition hit, and ultimately Bassett was forced to send its production overseas. One man fought back: John Bassett III, a shrewd and determined third-generation factory man, now chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co, which employs more than 700 Virginians and has sales of more than $90 million. In FACTORY MAN, Beth Macy brings to life Bassett's deeply personal furniture and family story, along with a host of characters from an industry that was as cutthroat as it was colorful. As she shows how he uses legal maneuvers, factory efficiencies, and sheer grit and cunning to save hundreds of jobs, she also reveals the truth about modern industry in America.

The instant New York Times bestseller about one man's battle to save hundreds of jobs by demonstrating the greatness of American business. The Bassett Furniture Company was once the world's biggest wood furniture manufacturer. Run by the same powerful Virginia family for generations, it was also the center of life in Bassett, Virginia. But beginning in the 1980s, the first waves of Asian competition hit, and ultimately Bassett was forced to send its production overseas. One man fought back: John Bassett III, a shrewd and determined third-generation factory man, now chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co, which employs more than 700 Virginians and has sales of more than $90 million. In FACTORY MAN, Beth Macy brings to life Bassett's deeply personal furniture and family story, along with a host of characters from an industry that was as cutthroat as it was colorful. As she shows how he uses legal maneuvers, factory efficiencies, and sheer grit and cunning to save hundreds of jobs, she also reveals the truth about modern industry in America.
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The instant New York Times bestseller about one man's battle to save hundreds of jobs by demonstrating the greatness of American business. The Bassett Furniture Company was once the world's biggest wood furniture manufacturer. Run by the same powerful Virginia family for generations, it was also the center of life in Bassett, Virginia. But beginning in the 1980s, the first waves of Asian competition hit, and ultimately Bassett was forced to send its production overseas. One man fought back: John Bassett III, a shrewd and determined third-generation factory man, now chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co, which employs more than 700 Virginians and has sales of more than $90 million. In FACTORY MAN, Beth Macy brings to life Bassett's deeply personal furniture and family story, along with a host of characters from an industry that was as cutthroat as it was colorful. As she shows how he uses legal maneuvers, factory efficiencies, and sheer grit and cunning to save hundreds of jobs, she also reveals the truth about modern industry in America.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kristin Kalbli

Length:

13h 51m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

07:36


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

34:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

24:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

41:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

27:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

21:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

44:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

25:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

30:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

26:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

37:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

38:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

36:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

36:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

19:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

34:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

57:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

17:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

30:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

26:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:22