Founded in 1919 by B.C. Vaughan and J.D. Bassett, Sr., Vaughan-Bassett is currently the most prolific manufacturer of bedroom furnishings in the U.S. Based in Galax, Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it employs 700 people in factories in both Virginia and North Carolina and manufactures using solid wood and veneers composed primarily of pine, oak, maple, cherry, ash, poplar, birch and beech. An industry leader in environmental sustainability, Vaughan-Bassett proudly crafts 100% of its furniture in the U.S.
In fact, Vaughan-Bassett’s longstanding and steadfast commitment to maintaining its manufacturing capability stateside has gained the company some high profile recognition. The recent publication of the book, Factory Man, paints a vivid portrait of the Bassett family and the battle that the family scion, John Bassett III, fought to preserve his family legacy and the company’s singular focus on American-made furniture in the face of the changing tide of global capitalism and fierce competition from overseas. Because of its historic relevance, the story has captured the attention of HBO and is being adapted into a miniseries with Tom Hanks as co-producer.
In addition to the company’s rich corporate history, Vaughan-Bassett strives to be environmentally conscious and has implemented several critical measures to ensure its sustainability. Since developing a “One for One” program in 2007 – in which a tree seedling is planted for every tree that is harvested – the company is responsible for over one million tree seedlings being planted by the Virginia Department of Forestry. Another crucial factor is a “buy local” philosophy, which guarantees that 99% of the lumber is harvested within 500 miles of its factories –80% within 200 miles – significantly reducing the carbon footprint involved in the transportation of its raw materials.
Vaughan-Bassett has in turn invested in state-of-the-art equipment in its manufacturing facilities that ensures that 20% more of the lumber is preserved during the manufacturing process – a significant and cutting-edge approach to eliminating waste. In these ways, Vaughan-Bassett has established itself as a major force in the industry – incorporating green business practices with large-scale furniture fabrication thereby creating an incredibly diverse portfolio of bedroom furniture with sustainability and affordability as its hallmarks.