When he worked for Hooker Furniture Co., Lane Nunley made $18 an hour plus benefits for building wooden dressers and beds according to designers' specs. "You weren’t building junk. You was building something you was proud to make, and you worked with real good people, even the bosses," he recalled. Nunley now works as an auto body repairman.
Photography by Jared Soares | Video by Ryan Loew
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