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Manufacture This

The blog of the Alliance for American Manufacturing

You know you’ve hit the big time when Tom Hanks sings — or rather tweets — your praises.

There’s been plenty of (much deserved) buzz for Factory Man, the new book by journalist Beth Macy that tells the story of third-generation furniture maker John D. Bassett III’s fight to keep it Made in America. At a time when most furniture companies were sending jobs overseas, he decided to do everything he could to fight the trend.

Spoiler alert: JBIII (as he’s affectionately called throughout the book) succeeded.

His Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company today employs more than 700 American workers, and JBIII has set the standard for other manufacturers to follow to maintain and create new U.S.-based manufacturing jobs.

Factory Man has gotten rave reviews, including from the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and yes, even Oscar winner Tom Hanks. In fact, rumor has it that Hanks is such a big fan that he is working to produce a miniseries based on the book for HBO.

Not surprisingly, we’re also huge fans of Factory Man here at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM). In fact, we’re so excited about Factory Man that we’re giving away a handful of signed copies as part of our National Manufacturing Day celebrations on Oct. 3. 

Click here to enter to win your copy of Factory Man — and stay tuned throughout the month for more details on our National Manufacturing Day celebrations.