AEC Narrow Fabrics Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Success

AEC Narrow Fabrics Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Success

AEC Narrow Fabrics comes of age Strategic investments, key leadership hires and workforce training translate into success for 30-year-old textile producer BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB As they commemorate their company’s 30th year in business, executives at AEC Narrow Fabrics plan to capitalize on their unbroken record of continual growth by making strategic investments in both research […]

Salt Lake Mattress Going Strong after 125 Years

Salt Lake Mattress Going Strong after 125 Years

Serta licensee Salt Lake Mattress embraces history, retailer relationships, challenges BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Although they are acutely aware of the challenges facing independent manufacturers throughout the country, executives at Salt Lake Mattress & Manufacturing Co. are optimistic about the continuing stability and growth of their business. As they prepare to celebrate their 125th anniversary this […]

Southerland Inc. CEO Bryan Smith Attributes Success to Values

Southerland Inc. CEO Bryan Smith Attributes Success to Values

Core values inspire Smith Southerland top exec, ISPA chair attributes success to honesty, teamwork, work-life balance BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Bryan Smith, president and chief executive officer of Southerland Inc., wonders if he perhaps is a bit too honest, brutally honest at times. “I’m very transparent and one of those people who is probably honest to […]

Parts Supplier Jumpsource Getting into Machinery, too

Parts Supplier Jumpsource Getting into Machinery, too

Jumpsource’s joint venture with Union Special delivers more sewing equipment to mattress industry BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Jumpsource, a supplier of “original-quality” replacement parts for machinery used in a variety of industries, is expanding its international distribution and forming logical partnerships to create a solid platform for the growth company executives want to see in the […]

Glideaway Sets Fresh Targets as It Soars into Future

Glideaway Sets Fresh Targets as It Soars into Future

BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Family-owned company opening new markets, adding bedding veterans From the start, innovation and reinvention have driven growth at Glideaway, a St. Louis-based manufacturer and distributor of mattresses, bed frames and other sleep products. Three generations of the Fredman family have kept a careful eye on shifts in the bedding market, company executives […]

E-commerce Pioneer BedInABox Evolving

E-commerce Pioneer BedInABox Evolving

BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Producer/retailer meeting challenges new competitors bring BedInABox LLC, a pioneer in the rapidly growing online market for mattresses, is restructuring its management team, refining its product line, expanding its brick-and-mortar dealer base and reaching into international markets to maintain strength in the face of ever-increasing competition. The Johnson City, Tennessee-based company also […]

Relief Bed International Gives Scott Smalling New Purpose

Relief Bed International Gives Scott Smalling New Purpose

Relief Bed International designed to provide sleep products to consumers—and those in need BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB At 49, Scott Smalling has moved through more chapters in his life than most people do in an entire lifetime. Now the founder of Relief Bed International and managing member of Relief Products LLC, Smalling began his career at […]

Acquisitions, Innovations Fuel MPT Group Growth

Acquisitions, Innovations Fuel MPT Group Growth

U.K.’s largest machinery mattress supplier looking to North America for major expansion BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB MPT Group Ltd., a machinery supplier to the mattress industry based in Bacup, England, is leveraging its reputation for creating innovative equipment and the current success of its Infinity Sleep Support System to expand its global reach and fuel future […]

A.H. Beard Pty. Ltd. Thrives on Family Tradition

A.H. Beard Pty. Ltd. Thrives on Family Tradition

Australian mattress maker A.H. Beard eyes international growth for its high-end bedding lines BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Deeply rooted in Australian history, A.H. Beard Pty. Ltd. is a 116-year-old family business with a broad reach and a global perspective. Having secured its place as a leader in Australia’s high-end bedding market, the company is building a […]

Foamco Industries Emerges Like Phoenix

Foamco Industries Emerges Like Phoenix

Canadian company Foamco Industries enjoying robust growth just two years after devastating fire. BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Two years after a fire destroyed its manufacturing facility and cast serious doubt on the survival of the company itself, Foamco Industries has come roaring back. Executives of the Concord, Ontario-based company credit lessons learned while managing the crisis […]

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