MARTINSVILLE, VA -
Factory workers were hard at work as local and state leaders announce an expansion in the next room.
Virginia's secretary of commerce and trade, Jim Cheng, attended today's celebration at the Bassett Furniture Plant in Henry County. The plant plans to invest $1.5 million, including at $50,000 grant from the Governor's opportunity fund, to expand operations at the Henry County Plant.
"Bassett will create 25 new jobs this is very exciting," Cheng announced.
Some positive economic news people in the area are excited to hear, following several difficult years for the company.
"Although maybe the furniture industry has been subjected to a stigma with the down-sizing," says Bassett CEO, Rob Spilman. "We hope announcements like this will give young folks a different perception to the furniture industry."
And hopefully keep younger skilled workers in the Henry County and Martinsville area.
Part of the plan over the next three years includes focusing on creating and selling more casual dining furniture. Spilman says traditional furniture isn't selling as much and customers are interested in a more comfortable style.
The 25 new jobs announced today will support this focus-- ranging from upholstering the more casual dining room chairs, to positions dealing with HGTV.
More than 100 years after the Bassett Furniture Plant first opened in Henry County, leaders at the plant are focused on creating an even more successful future.