Glimpses of Mattress Industry Future at Interzum Cologne

Glimpses of Mattress Industry Future at Interzum Cologne

BY BARBARA T. NELLES Anyone unable to attend Interzum Cologne last month to look at components and machinery related to mattress manufacturing is in luck, because ISPA EXPO 2018 will be here before you know it. Mark your calendars for March 14-16 at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina. It’s the best place to […]

ISPA Elects Four New Trustees to Board

ISPA Elects Four New Trustees to Board

Four bedding industry leaders have been elected by the membership of the International Sleep Products Association to serve on its board of trustees. The new board members are Kim Grubb, vice president of sales for Wright Global Graphics; Jeffrey Sherman, owner of The Bedding Group; Wade Wallace, president and chief operating officer of Tietex International Ltd.; and David Wright, […]

Why Hank Little Loves Fast Boats, Fast Cars—and Fast Quilters

Why Hank Little Loves Fast Boats, Fast Cars—and Fast Quilters

Under Hank Little’s leadership, Atlanta Attachment accelerates through challenges, acquisition. BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Hank Little, president of Atlanta Attachment Co., says he has two real passions in life: “fishing and going fast.” Speeding at 75 mph in a souped-up bass boat to land a fish is Little’s idea of a day made in heaven. Perhaps […]

Harrison Spinks Names Ruairi Giles Commercial Director

Harrison Spinks Names Ruairi Giles Commercial Director

Luxury bed manufacturer Harrison Spinks, based in Leeds, England, has promoted Ruairi Giles from accounts director to the new post of commercial director. He joined the company in 2008 as a graduate assistant and worked his way up through the company in a variety of roles. As a sales team member, Giles managed account relationships […]

Ante4Autism Poker Tournament Breaks Participation Record

Ante4Autism Poker Tournament Breaks Participation Record

The ninth annual Ante4Autism Poker Tournament, held Jan. 22 during the Winter Las Vegas Market at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, raised more than $100,000 to support five autism charities—Autism Speaks, Bike to the Beach, Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Southern Nevada, Lettuce Work and the National Autism Association of Southeast Ohio. Participation […]

Tempur Sealy Terminates Mattress Firm Contracts

Tempur Sealy Terminates Mattress Firm Contracts

Tempur Sealy International Inc. announced in a Jan. 30 news release that it had terminated all contracts with sleep shop chain Mattress Firm, after the two companies were unable to reach a mutually agreeable supply arrangement. The mattress manufacturing major Tempur Sealy, which has headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, said it expects to cease doing business […]

Bain Capital Private Equity Purchases Foam Supplier Innocor Inc.

Bain Capital Private Equity Purchases Foam Supplier Innocor Inc.

Bain Capital Private Equity has purchased Red Bank, New Jersey-based Innocor Inc. from Sun Capital Partners Inc. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Innocor is a foam components supplier to the bedding industry and other sectors, as well as a finished products manufacturer supplying commercial and retail channels. Sun Capital formed Innocor in […]

White Dove Mattress VP Donald Sohl Dies at 58

Donald Sohl, vice president of sales and marketing for Cleveland-based White Dove Mattress, a King Koil licensee, died Nov. 3. He was 58. In a statement, White Dove President Bruce Goodman said: “Don has been a part of the White Dove family for over 19 years and we will sorely miss him, his wisdom, knowledge, […]

Talkin’ ’Bout My Generation: What Drives Millennials and Gen Xers

Talkin’ ’Bout My Generation: What Drives Millennials and Gen Xers

BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Young leaders in the mattress industry discuss what drives Gen Xers and millennials — and how they will shape the future of bedding There’s a demographic change afoot in the United States–and in the mattress industry, too–that hasn’t been seen since the mid-1960s when the baby boom generation began to come of age. […]

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 […]