300 E Grayson St., Galax, VA 24333-2964
Stability Testing Process Verified Program Endorsed by American Home Furnishings Alliance
Test sites demonstrate testing capabilities and expertise to evaluate products to stability requirements in the latest version of ASTM F2057. Testing consists of hanging a 50 lb. weight from a single open drawer/door and opening all drawers and doors simultaneously. Suppliers and test sites will be subjected to an initial and annual assessment to ensure: 1) Necessary equipment and facility to conduct test a. Includes calibration of required test equipment 2) Individuals have sufficient understanding to conduct required program testing a. Test Procedures – how to conduct the required tests b. Test Results – what constitutes conformance or non-conformance c. Data Storage – how and where are records and data maintained d. Training Records – demonstrate how are staff qualified to conduct the testing 3) Record keeping practices meet ISO 17025 intent 4) Sample tracking system in place 5) Corrective action process in place for testing results that don’t meet standard requirements 6) Use of UL data sheets, new product planning template and product information template
Based in Galax, Virginia, Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company manufactures bedroom furniture. In 1919, two men, B.C. Vaughan and J.D. Bassett, Sr., both of whom were from Bassett, Virginia, first founded our company. Mr. Bassett, Sr., and his brother, C.C. Bassett, also founded what today is well known as Bassett Furniture Industries. Employing about 700 people in factories based in Galax, Virginia, and Elkin, North Carolina, we are extremely proud of the fact that 100 percent of our furniture is crafted here in the United States by American employees. In fact, Vaughan-Bassett is now the largest manufacturer of wooden adult bedroom furniture in the United States. Most of the furniture we manufacture consists of wood solids and wood veneers grown and harvested near our plants in the Southeast. Pine, oak, maple, cherry, ash, poplar, birch and beech are the primary species used in Vaughan-Bassett's bedroom collections. Our number-one priority is providing our customers with unmatched service, quality and value. In short, nothing makes us happier than to make it easy for our customers to feel at home. Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company is committed to manufacturing its furniture in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner. Through its "One for One" program, Vaughan-Bassett has contributed 150,000 tree seedlings in 2007 to the Virginia Department of Forestry. The planting of these 150,000 maple, oak, ash, pine, poplar and applewood trees allows the replacement of every tree used in the production of the company's bedroom suites. Since 2007, over 1 million trees have been planted by the Virginia Department of Forestry through this program. Bettina Ring, a Virginia state forester, writes: "Your idea to plant one new tree in Virginia for every tree you harvest each year is sustainability at its best." Vaughan-Bassett has also installed $2 million state-of-the-art rough end systems in each of its two factories. These computerized rough end systems have increased the lumber yield by over 20 percent, thereby significantly reducing the number of trees needed to produce furniture. Vaughan-Bassett is a leader in the "Buy Local" movement. Over 99 percent of its lumber comes from within 500 miles of its factories - 80 percent from within 200 miles, reducing the carbon footprint associated with the transport of primary raw material. Vaughan-Bassett is a founding member of the Sustainable Furniture Council and is committed to a program of continuous improvement of its systems, striving to be an industry leader in producing environmentally responsible bedroom furniture.
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