Furniture industry leader Hassel Franklin of Tupelo (at left), along with industry leaders John Bassett III and Eugene Rosenberg, was inducted the American Furniture Hall of Fame at a market banquet Oct. 20 in High Point, N.C.
Franklin, chairman and CEO of manufacturer Franklin Corp., launched a small, family-owned business in 1970, which now supplies American-made upholstered motion furniture worldwide and has sustained double-digit growth nearly every year. It has more than 1,300 employees and a 75-acre campus in Mississippi.
Franklin has received the AHFA Distinguished Service Award, the Upholstered Furniture Action Council Industry Service Award and was elected to the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame. He has served on a number of business and civic boards and established a $1 million endowment at Mississippi State University for the Franklin Furniture Institute, a research and training center benefitting the furniture industry.