“Making it in America: A 12-Point Plan for Growing Your Business and Keeping Jobs at Home”
"In 'Making it in America,' which was co-written with New York-based author and columnist Ellis Henican, Bassett devotes chapters to his views on leadership
qualities, making tough decisions, buying American products, reinvesting in the workforce and other ways to run a successful company. With teamwork and
leadership as recurring themes, “Making it in America” (published by Center Street, the business imprint for Hachette) is almost like a coach’s playbook
for building a winner."
for interview about book.
Vaughan-Bassett Furniture .... Virginia & North Carolina
... proudly honored as an American Made Hero Company!
Employing over 1,200 Americans in factories based in Galax, Virginia, and Elkin, North Carolina,
we are extremely proud of the fact that over 95 percent of our furniture is crafted here in the United States by American
employees. In fact, Vaughan-Bassett is now the largest manufacturer of wooden adult bedroom furniture in the United States.
Vaughan-Bassett is a leader in the "Buy Local" movement. Over 99 percent of its lumber comes from within 500 miles of its
factories - 80 percent from within 200 miles, reducing the carbon footprint associated with the transport of primary raw
Company Chairman John Bassett III and his sons have seen the rise of imports and haven't backed down. Instead, they've
invested heavily in their plants here and in Elkin, N.C., to produce what they say are the best values possible, domestic or otherwise.
"This is the future of American manufacturing," John Bassett said as he watched the
boards move along a conveyor belt. "If we don't invest in this country, we won't make anything."
Vaughan-Bassett's emphasis on domestic production set it apart even a decade ago, when 66% of the wood furniture sold in the U.S. was produced here. That was before a wave of low-priced Chinese merchandise flooded the market and shuttered many other U.S. case goods plants.
Of all residential wood furniture sold in the United States, only about 31% is now U.S.made. That makes Vaughan-Bassett quite the anomaly.
Patriotism, Jobs Primary Motivations for 'Buying American'
Six in 10 say they would pay more to buy U.S. made products!
PRINCETON, NJ -- Forty-five percent of Americans say they recently made a special effort to buy products made in the United States. When asked why,
these shoppers mainly cited patriotic or altruistic goals related to the national economy, including creating and keeping jobs in the U.S., rather than
product-specific considerations such as quality, safety, or cost.
for survey results.
"Not only the wealth, but the independence and security of a country, appear
to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufacturers. Every nation ... ought to endeavor to possess within
itself all the essentials of a national supply. They comprise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing and
defense ... The expediency of encouraging manufactures in the United States, which was not long since deemed very
questionable, appears at this time to be pretty generally admitted."
Alexander Hamilton ... an
American Made Hero!
Patriot John Bassett III belongs here at historic Faneuil Hall where our founding patriots met to debate the issues of their time!
Boston's Faneuil Hall
American Made Heroes
planned their rebel actions at Faneuil Hall!
Buy American! An idea from USA's founders directed at the present!
*** Sam Adams, fierce voice!
Our heroes thank all who fight in support of USA manufacturers!
We are committed to utilize the latest technologies & strategies to fiercely support & promote USA based manufacturers
Proceeds from your purchases of American Made products we will be offering will help support the
American Made Heroes'