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Fighting to Keep Manufacturing in America

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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The Bassett Furniture Company, based in Bassett, Virginia, was once the world's biggest wood furniture manufacturer. But beginning in the 1980s, a flood of cheap Asian furniture made it hard for Bassett to compete. Beth Macy tells the story of how John Bassett III watched one family company embrace globalization while fighting to keep the other right here at home. Macy's book Factory Man reveals some shocking truths about American business, including the fallout of offshoring on communities across the country.

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Beth Macy

Comments [3]

Meredith from nyc

Tom is a right wing put down artist, demonizing US citizens to displace blame on to them. A very common tactic, to magnify the negative than generalize it to the majority.
About 70 percent of Americans don't have college degrees. College grads are already taking lower pay than previous generations, and lower level jobs also, and have the highest college debt in the world.

There are many millions of native born citizens who can't find jobs, or decent ones, whose living standards and security keep plummeting. Some companies pay so little that food stamps must make up the difference.

Jul. 18 2014 01:19 AM
tom LI

While I understand the basic sentiments behind keeping manufacturing in the US...there is question that no host ever asks. For who? Who are we keeping manufacturing here for? Is it for the current crops of college grads - who mostly all want well paying, upper management positions, who are mostly unwilling to pay their dues (believing college was enough dues paying) and work their way up from the floor to the upper offices, etc..?

For the immigrants - illegal or not - who are actually the ones most US companies have and will likely hire to fill the myriad positions that white middle class, or lower are unwilling to fill?

These jobs are still available all over the US landscape (albeit in lesser numbers than before) but the people shouting the loudest about losing these jobs overseas, etc - are the very ones who will not pursue them, nor will their children!

So who are we so desirous to keep these jobs here for?

Jul. 17 2014 04:48 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I've heard Ms. Macy interviewed on 2 other shows, where she talked about how the co's. founder hired black people but paid them significantly less than the white employees & about how the current owner used an anti-Chinese slur against his competitors (& that this made him an "interesting character"). I'm surprised that didn't come up in this segment.

Jul. 17 2014 01:28 PM

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