Furniture Co. will close its
Johnson City, Tennessee Empire Plant in June, eliminating
about 200 jobs.
Vaughn executives are blaming imports for the
closure. Imports of wood bedroom furniture from China have been
blamed for the loss of thousands of manufacturing jobs in recent
years. Some domestic manufacturers are lobbying for stricter
import controls and tariffs.
Auggie Tantillo, Washington Coordinator of
The American Manufacturing Trade
Action Coalition (AMTAC) said recently, "Between their labor pool, industrial capacity, and growth
in exports to the United States, China has the ability to
consume most of the U.S. market if left unrestrained." Tantillo added,
"Job-destroying furniture imports are skyrocketing. The trade
deficit in furniture and bedding was $21 billion in 2002 and is
already up 23% for 2003. Nearly 100,000 furniture jobs have been
destroyed since January 2001, a loss of 14.8 percent."
Other trade groups like
Furniture Retailers of America (FRA)
are lobbying against trade restrictions.
FRA will be
holding a special
briefing on the implications for retailers and importers of the
trade petition against Chinese wooden bedroom furniture during
the upcoming High Point Furniture Market.
Company president Bill Vaughn told AP, "The growth of imports
is making it hard on working Americans and their families," he
said. "My heart goes out to each of these men and women who work
in our Johnson City plant."
|TAYLOR G.VAUGHAN, SR
Furniture Company history
In 1923, two brothers, raised on a small farm in southwest
Virginia, founded Vaughan Furniture Company. Taylor G. Vaughan,
Sr. and his brother Bunyan C. Vaughan and members of their
families and friends set out to begin a furniture manufacturing
business that would survive the Great Depression to become the
established Vaughan family legacy that endures today. The
company was organized, financed and built to manufacture a line
of dining room furniture to complement another company's line of
During the 1930's, Vaughan was selling complete bedroom
suites for as little as $24.95.
In 1954, the lowest priced bedroom suite sold for $69.95. The
suite included a double dresser, chest-of-drawers, tilting
Venetian plate glass mirror, bookcase headboard and panel
footboard. Two higher priced suites were competitively priced
for $79.95 and $89.95.
During the mid-1950's, when Taylor's son George was elected
president, improvements were made in manufacturing and
efficiency. By 1964, Vaughan orders had doubled and so had the
manufacturing space. In the years that followed, through 1997,
the company continued to grow and acquire manufacturing plants
at a rate that may never be seen again.
John Vaughan, the company's fourth president, is currently
Chairman of the Board. For John, style, quality, integrity and a
strong partnership with dealers were the guiding principles of
doing business. Now, the third generation of family management
continues the traditions of the founders. Bill Vaughan was
elected the company's fifth president in 1995. Taylor Vaughan is
Senior Executive Vice President and David Vaughan is Senior Vice
President-Merchandising and Imports.
Through rapid growth and expansion, the Vaughan family of
skilled craftspeople have always been at the heart of the
company. Vaughan Furniture Company remains committed to its
fellow employees, its customers and to delivering a quality
product at value pricing. In the spirit of enlivened
volunteerism, Vaughan and its employees support America's
Promise, a national non-profit organization dedicated to
improving the lives of children and youth.
Vaughan employs a sales force of approximately 75 and
maintains a distribution to more than 5,000 dealers,
internationally. An approximate 26,000 square foot showroom in
the International Home Furnishings Center in High point, North
Carolina, serves as the primary display location for product,
shown twice each year, at the Spring and Fall Furniture Markets.
As a complete resource for bedroom, dining room and living room
furniture, Vaughan looks to the future with revitalized
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