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Bassett is a Factory Town without Factories

Organizers of Saturday's 20th annual Bassett Heritage Festival had the bands hired and the details plotted out: For the first time, the festival would be held on land where the first Bassett Furniture Inds. factory once stood, back when it was this small unincorporated town's reason for being.

Old-timers still call that 1902 plant "Old Town," even though it closed in 1989, the first Bassett factory to fall as imports from Asia decimated Southern furniture- and textile-making, wiping out almost half of the jobs in Martinsville and Henry County alone.

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Source: The Roanoke Times

Libas Sales Director Walter Bergquist Dies

Walter Bergquist, 67, a retired fabric sales director and history buff, died Sunday in Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton, N.Y.

A&D Industry's Top Three Green Influencers

The act of recycling unused materials from a job site, working with products made from reclaimed wood and salvaged parts, and ensuring that the air quality of a property isn't polluted by off-gases are just some of the ways that members of the A&D industry put a green stamp on their work, almost as a matter of routine.

But there are several industry leaders who stand out for having forged a path in the sustainable design field-let's call them influencers.

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Source: Interior Design

Interiors by Jane Opens in Kalamazoo

Entrepreneur Jane McCormick has opened Interiors by Jane , a new residential interior design and decorating company in Kalamazoo, Mich.
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Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

Roche Bobois Names Director of Design

Roche Bobois has named Patrick Cabaroc director of design for its newly opened 6,000-square-foot design showroom in North Palm Beach, Fla.

Bobby Berk Home Opens in L.A.

Bobby Berk Home has opened a store in Los Angeles, the fourth location for the home furnishings retailer.

Former Universal Rep Barry Barto Dies

Former Universal Furniture representative Barry Barto, 69, of Emmaus, Pa., died Sept. 8 in Lehigh Valley Hospital Inpatient Hospice.

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