North Carolina Spring Air plant in the TV spotlight

Julie A. Palm
Julie A. Palm, editor in chief
When watching the local TV news last night, it was nice to come across a story about the Spring Air plant in Greensboro, N.C., just a few miles from my house.

The family-owned company, which was started by Frank Grove Sr. and his two sons 40 years ago, is now run by grandson John Grove Jr., who talked about the company’s philosophy and success during a three-minute segment on WFMY, the CBS affiliate serving the North Carolina Triad, a region including Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. The story was part of the TV station’s weekly “Made in the Triad” feature.

“We are making people’s lives better by giving them a good night’s sleep,” Grove said to kick off the segment.

Since its founding, the company has emphasized the importance of passion, enthusiasm and quality in all that it does. It also makes it a priority to source components in the United States, and, when it can, even closer to home in North Carolina.

The company currently employs about 90 people in a factory with the capacity to turn out 700 mattresses a week. It’s one of 14 Spring Air licensees in the United States.

A bonus: A lead-in to the piece gave a nice plug to the importance of a quality mattress to a good night’s sleep: “You know you feel lousy when you haven’t had a good night’s sleep,” news co- anchor Frank Mickens said. “Well, did you know the cause of that restless night might lie right beneath you in your mattress?”