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

Beth Macy

The Bassett Furniture Company was once the world’s biggest wood furniture manufacturer. Run by the same Virginia family for three generations, it was also the center of life in Bassett, VA. But in the 1980s, cheap Chinese imports began to flood the U.S. market, prompting many domestic furniture makers to move their factories abroad. But John Bassett III fought back. He hired a lawyer and filed a petition against China for unfair trade practices, ultimately saving his company and hundreds of local jobs. Award-winning journalist Beth Macy's nonfiction debut champions the underdog.