International Bedding plans R&D center

International Bedding expects to open a new 15,000–square–foot research and development center in early 2012—the mattress maker’s first free–standing facility dedicated to product research, design and testing.

“This decision not only reflects our firm commitment to IB’s future but also demonstrates the tremendous importance we place on innovation, quality and the ethic of continuous improvement at our company,” said Jeff Maillet, chief executive officer of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.–based company.

The R&D center will be in an existing, single–story building that’s adjacent to IB’s 100,000–square–foot factory in Orlando. It will include a large showroom to display IB’s product lines and marketing programs.

“We’re a company that has always focused on exploring bold ideas, using the best quality materials and holding ourselves to the highest possible standards,” said Mark Wozniak, IB vice president of marketing. “As such, we’re very excited about how this development will further elevate the design and performance of sleep products that carry the International Bedding brand.”