The other three phases of this expansion are:
• Relocating the two Bed Lines from the Machine Room to the Pack Room; (completed in May)
• Reorganizing machinery within the Machine Room by utilizing the 8,000 square feet opened up by
moving the Bed Lines; (to be completed in July)
• Relocating two administrative offices and a bathroom to open up a fork lift aisle to move parts from the Machine Room to the new Bed Lines; (completed in May)
Wyatt Bassett said that this latest expansion is needed because of the success of Vaughan-Bassett's new $3 million Weinig Rough End System, which was installed in July of 2009. "We have been able to cut significantly more lumber and we are generating many more parts with our new system," said Bassett.
"This growth has led to 60 new jobs in our Galax factory since spring of 2009. We need the additional space to create room for the jobs we intend to add in coming months and years," Bassett said.
He added that Vaughan-Bassett reopened a portion of its Elkin plant in September of 2009 and now employs over 50 people in its Elkin facilities.
Doug Bassett, Vaughan-Bassett's Executive Vice-President and COO, then told the gathering that "Congressman Rick Boucher was instrumental in making these expansion plans possible."
"Rick Boucher is the American furniture worker's best friend in Washington. He stood with us when we fought illegal dumping by China and he helped pass an accelerated depreciation provision that helped make our new Rough End possible," Bassett added.
"Congressman Rick Boucher has had our back in Washington and he deserves to be on this stage today and to be a part of our announcing our latest growth plans," said Bassett.
Congressman Boucher then announced that "I'm pleased to share the news with you today that by the end of 2010, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company will be the largest wooden bedroom manufacturer in the United States."
Boucher added "The employees here today provide proof that America's workforce can compete with any nation in the world."
"My highest priority in representing Southwest Virginia in Congress is strengthening our region's economy by creating new jobs for our region and protecting its existing jobs. Vaughan-Bassett has been able to create over 50 new jobs, and the expansion announced today will provide further opportunities for the company to expand its operations.
I want to congratulate all here today for the longstanding high quality hard work that enabled this expansion," concluded Boucher.
• Founded in 1919
• 2009 Sales of over $85 million
• Manufacturers wooden bedroom furniture in the United States
• Employs over 700 workers in its factories in Galax,Virginia, and Elkin, North Carolina
• Over 97% of everything sold by Vaughan-Bassett is made by American craftsmen working in Vaughan-Bassett's factories
• Chairman is John D. Bassett, III; President and CEO is Wyatt Bassett; Exec. V-P and COO is Doug Bassett
$1 Million Project Includes New 16,000 Sq. Ft. Building and The Relocation of 2 Bed Lines