'Factory Man’ John Bassett III To Speak At Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 19 2018


Sarah M. Pritchett

Concord University

Office of Advancement     

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu



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Office: 304-384-5211

Cell: 304-320-6405






ATHENS, W.Va. – John Bassett III, chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company, author of “Making It in America,” and the subject of the New York Times bestseller “Factory Man” is scheduled to speak at Concord University on Wednesday, Nov. 14. His discussion on the challenges of saving an American town will begin at 2 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Alexander Fine Arts Center.


The general public is invited to join the Concord campus community in attending this event. There is no admission charge.


A legend known for his entrepreneurial success and belief in American business, Mr. Bassett is heralded for his efforts against outsourcing that saved hundreds of jobs through hard work and determination.


His successful story of battling to keep his company alive is chronicled in “Factory Man” by Beth Macy. “Making It in America” is Mr. Bassett’s own account of his business philosophy and principles.


Mr. Bassett’s career in the furniture industry spans more than five decades. Beginning with Bassett Furniture Industries, he has been at Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company since 1983.  He is the third generation of his family to be in the furniture business. His grandfather, J.D. Bassett Sr., founded Bassett Furniture Industries and along with Bunyan Vaughan, established Vaughan-Bassett Furniture.


John began working in the furniture factory while he was still a teenager. He has also worked in sales, marketing and plant management and has served as president and CEO.


With 100 percent of Vaughan-Bassett’s products manufactured domestically, the company, under his leadership, has become the largest manufacturer of wooden bedroom furniture in the nation.


Mr. Bassett has held leadership roles and received numerous awards in the furniture industry. He is a former chairman of the International Woodworking Fair and a past president of the American Home Furnishings Association. In 2001, he was named Manufacturer of the Year by Furniture Today and received the AFMA’s Distinguished Service Award. InFurniture magazine named him Man of the Year in 2003.


He was recognized as Pillar of the Industry by the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association in 2012 and inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame in 2013. The UNC Greensboro Bryan Business School named Mr. Bassett Entrepreneur Extraordinaire in 2014.


Mr. Bassett has appeared on radio talk shows and in television news broadcasts. His speaking engagements have taken him to locations in the U.S. and to Switzerland. In April of this year he served as the featured speaker for the Concord University Foundation’s Roanoke Dinner, a fundraiser for the University and its students.


For additional information on Mr. Bassett’s Nov. 14 presentation at Concord contact Lora Woolwine at lwoolwine@concord.edu or 304-384-5224. The event is also on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/726760407686563



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