Solstice Sleep Products expanding in Florida

Mattress, convertible sofa and futon maker Solstice Sleep Products has expanded into South Florida, leasing a former Spring Air manufacturing facility in Tampa, Fla.

The Columbus, Ohio-based company currently occupies 90,000 square feet of the 206,900-square-foot facility and, as of November, had hired 25 employees to begin mattress production, according to a news release from the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp.

The company said it may add as many as 60 more workers as it increases production over the next several months.

South Florida lost 150 mattress manufacturing jobs when the former Spring Air Co. ceased operations in 2009.

“Not only was the former mattress factory well suited to handle our production requirements, the experienced labor pool helped us ramp up quickly and get production under way,” said Tom Szczurek, Solstice Sleep chief executive officer.