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Great Yankee Giveaway!

Great Yankee GiveawayYankee Magazine is offering our Free Monthly Giveaway this month! Except this time it isn’t all month long — this month’s giveaway is only a week! It ends 9/8!

The prize is our Chairside Magazine Rack; the perfect end table for the reader seeking quick, convenient access to their current literature, all in a stylish and sturdy package. Made from solid American hardwood; built to last.

Check out Yankee Magazine’s Official Giveaway Rules before entering (don’t worry it’s easy).

Manchester WoodHappy fall!

Ed & Priscilla Eriksen
Manchester Wood: American Made Furniture

To view our online catalog, visit ManchesterWood.com

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Labor Day Weekend Sale: 10% Off

Labor Day Weekend SaleOur Labor Day Weekend Sale runs Thursday, August 28th through Monday, September 1st. 10% off all furniture on ManchesterWood.com with promo code ‘Labor’ at check-out.

Support hard work. Support American labor. Our Labor Day Weekend Sale is an extension of gratitude to you, our customer, and the amazing workforce we have at Manchester Wood. It’s no surprise to many of us that the domestic economy has been extremely challenging, and producing truly ‘Made in the USA’ goods in no easy task. Take a moment this Labor Day Weekend to explore our offerings, take advantage of our 10% off store-wide online. If you’re out shopping this weekend, check the tags and support American labor on Labor Day by choosing American made.

Take advantage of our 10% off Labor Day Weekend Sale on ManchesterWood.com August 28th-September 1st. If you need help, email service@manchesterwood.com or call us Monday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm at 1-800-660-6930.

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From One ‘Factory Man’ To Another

Factory Man

“John D. Bassett III, center, with part of the company team that took on China.” Photo: David Hungate

The New York Times wrote a beautiful article on Factory Man, a new book on the Bassett legacy and the dedication John D. Bassett III has to American made furniture.

Beth Macy wrote a book each one of us in the American furniture manufacturing industry would love to see be written. Especially those in American furniture brands steeped in family tradition like ours. And she did it. Factory Man is a great story of the Bassett Furniture legacy, and one Bassett in particular, John D. Bassett III, who has been determined, like so many of us, to keep furniture made here – in America. The book is called Factory Man, and rightfully so. Mimi Swartz, executive editor at Texas Monthly wrote a great article about it for The New York Times. Excerpts of that article are found below…

It is impossible to read Beth Macy’s “Factory Man” without casting the inevitable movie version to come. Picture an updated “Norma Rae” in which the hero isn’t an oppressed factory worker but a desperate factory owner battling scheming relatives, callous Wall Street bankers and ruthless Chinese competitors — all to save his workers’ jobs and his family’s bricks-and-mortar legacy, a furniture business in a speck of a town in south central Virginia…

The first half of the book is given over to Bassett history in great detail. John D. Bassett Sr. founded the business in 1902, but the family was illustrious long before then. Mr. J.D., as his employees knew him, was a descendant of a Revolutionary War captain to whom King George III had deeded 791 acres of Virginia farmland in 1773. But the imaginative, ambitious Bassett and his equally driven wife — that would be Miss Pokey — set up a small store and inn, and eventually made themselves indispensable in the town that soon carried the family name. Then, in a move that would serve both as the key to their success and as ironic portent, the couple cased a Michigan furniture factory and figured that they could outdo the Grand Rapids craftsmen instead of shipping them all their good Virginia walnut, oak, hickory and more. Bassett workers became experts at copying and mass-producing furniture; even if the product wasn’t especially finely made, it was good enough to satisfy a swelling middle class. [click to continue…]

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