Hickory Springs restructures business units

Tim Becker hickory springs

Tim Becker

Components supplier Hickory Springs Mfg. Co., with headquarters in Hickory, N.C., has created four business units—bedding solutions, furniture solutions, transportation solutions and diversified solutions—and announced new leadership roles for each.

Todd Councilman Hickory Springs

Todd Councilman

“Each of these profit centers will leverage Hickory Springs’ core capabilities to develop and execute a business plan for profitable growth of both component sales and integrated solutions to customers in their respective markets,” said Dave Colburn, Hickory Springs president and chief executive officer.

The company has tapped four executives to lead the business units.

Tim Becker was named vice president of diversified solutions. Previously, he was vice president of the wire products group. Becker has 15 years with the company in various posts related to wire technology and products. Prior to joining Hickory Springs, he spent 11 years in the steel industry.

Tony Everett Hickory Springs

Tony Everett

Todd Councilman was appointed vice president of bedding solutions. Most recently, he was general manager of Hickory Springs’ Southeast region. Councilman is a 25-year veteran of the foam industry who joined the company six years ago. He has held posts in quality, marketing, sales and plant management.

Tony Everett is now vice president of transportation seating solutions. He joined Hickory Springs after its recent acquisition of seating provider C.E. White Co., where he was president and CEO.

Brad McNeely Hickory Springs

Brad McNeely

Brad McNeely was named vice president of furniture solutions. Previously, he was vice president of new product development at the Innovation and Testing Center. McNeely has more than 23 years with the company and has held a range of posts, including sales representative and regional sales manager.

In addition, Hickory Springs announced that David Duncan was named vice president of corporate sales. Previously, he was vice president of the Western foam division. Duncan is a veteran of the company with 22 years of experience in a number of roles, including area sales manager and national product manager for bedding foam.

David Duncan Hickory Springs

David Duncan

All five men report to Lee Lunsford, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

“These appointments represent the first step in the transition to our new corporate structure,” Colburn said. “Building out this organization will promote collaboration across all four business units, enabling us to combine multiple manufacturing capabilities and ultimately enhance our ability to deliver both components and integrated solutions to an expanding customer base.”

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