Galax furniture manufacturer to expand

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Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. announced it would invest $2.16 million to expand its Galax manufacturing facility, creating 100 jobs and saving 500 existing jobs.

The city competed against North Carolina and Asia for the project.

“Vaughan-Bassett Furniture is the largest manufacturer of wooden adult bedroom furniture in the U.S. and began in Galax in 1919,” Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said in a statement. “The company has thrived in the Commonwealth for nine decades and will continue to be a significant employer and corporate partner in Southwest Virginia.”

The company makes bedroom and dining room furniture and was started in 1919 in Galax.

“We believe our employees here in Galax represent the finest furniture work force in the world,”  Wyatt P.E. Bassett, president and CEO of Vaughan-Bassett, said in a statement. “We are committed to growing our company, and that means we will need both more machines and more employees here in Galax to operate them.”

Kaine approved spending $75,000 from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to help Galax with the project and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission approved $200,000.

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