Since we have been discussing manufacturing in Virginia, I want to take the opportunity to recommend this wonderful book. It is the story of how one man fought to maintain his manufacturing operation in Virginia. While the main focus of the story is the problem of Chinese subsidization of companies that were competing with Virginia furniture manufacturers, the story does illuminate many of the other problems facing manufacturers in rural Virginia. In addition, for long-time observers and students of Virginia politics and history, the story of the interlocking family operations- Bassetts, Stanleys, Vaughans, and Lanes–that comprised furniture making in Southside Virginia in the 20th century, is fascinating. (I just discovered to my chagrin that Jim Bacon had a long post several years ago about this book. Regardless of my neglecting to check BR history, it does rate a second recommendation.)
The subject of Macy’s book, John Bassett, III, has published his own book on how manufacturers can continue to succeed in America. I have not read this one, but, based on his success, he needs to be taken seriously.There are currently no comments highlighted.