Manufacturing summit to focus on furniture

By Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – A manufacturing summit focused on the furniture industry will be held March 21 at the Franklin Center at Mississippi State University.
Hosting the summit are the American Home Furnishings Alliance, the Franklin Furniture Institute at MSU and the Mississippi Manufacturers Association.
The Summit “Manufacturing the Future: Strategies for Success in Furniture” will focus on the elements involved in evaluating, maintaining and improving the current and future business and regulatory environment for upholstered furniture manufacturing in the U.S. A common thread throughout the program will be the reemergence of manufacturing in the U.S.
The conference opens with an overview of what’s happening in the furniture industry, especially in China, from industry expert Jerry Epperson.
Veteran case goods maker Bruce Cochrane, who will present “Lost but Now Found. Manufacturing Wood Products in America.”
Fourth-generation furniture manufacturing executive Wyatt Bassett, president and CEO of Vaughan-Bassett furniture, will provide insight into his company’s recent decision to invest $8 million in an expansion of its facilities in Galax, Va.
Other speakers include AHFA’s vice president of regulatory affairs, Bill Perdue; Franklin Corp. safety engineer Carl Daniel and HR manager Scott Shempert.
Cost to attend is $99 for AHFA members and $139 for non AFHA members.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The conference is from 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The fee covers materials, refreshment and lunch.
To register for the conference, go to
For more information on the Summit, contact Patricia West at or (336) 884-5000, ext. 1000 or Amy Garrard at or (662) 325-8453.

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