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#1 posted 11-28-2009 06:23 PM

My Stepfather was laid off after 25 years working at Broyhill furniture. He started off working the tail end of a machine, and worked his way up to foreman. The majority of Broyhill’s plants were in my home town, and it is probably why I joined the military… my entire family had worked in one of the furniture factories, and there are still Broyhill offices that I have family that works there.

The major furniture companies in my home town were Broyhill, Bernhardt, Singer, and Kincaid. All of them have either shut down completely or are running very few of the once booming industry.

The unemployment rate there went from around 2% to almost 60% over this past summer.

I don’t blame Broyhill entirely though, because if they were able to sell more furniture which is higher quality and a bit more expensive than your typical IKEA crap then they would have been able to keep their US factories open longer. The disposable consumerism that we as American’s use is what is driving good American companies overseas just so they can compete. Yes it takes jobs, but we are doing it to ourselves.

-- San Diego, CA

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