Eclipse International has recalled all 155 employees at its headquarters and manufacturing plant in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Production is at “full tilt” seven days per week to accommodate increased demand following retail shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a June 3 news release.
Much of the output is roll-packed mattress collections for e-commerce, said Stuart Carlitz, Eclipse president and chief executive officer. “We spent the last several weeks working with our retailers to help them ramp up their omnichannel business. The strategy is hugely successful and actually puts us in a position where we have a backlog of orders. Our employees are really excited to be back at work. We have taken extraordinary steps to not only assure them a safe work environment, but we are also focused on taking increased steps to assure the safety of the products we are sending out the door.”
Carlitz said retailers that have embraced the internet are better equipped to weather the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic. “As much of the country had moved toward staying at home, the uptick in online orders for new mattresses has been very apparent, and our customers that have developed an omnichannel approach are reaping the rewards. … During the last couple of months, consumers have flocked online to buy everything from common household goods to big ticket items like consumer electronics and mattresses. This shift is here to stay and will continue to grow,” he said.
When the state of New Jersey issued stay-at-home orders in March, Eclipse was among the first in the mattress industry to pivot to producing much-needed personal protection equipment. It continues to manufacture face masks.
In addition to being a manufacturer, Eclipse has a global network of 77 licensees with the rights to produce one or more of its stable of mattress brands — BIA, Eastman House, Eclipse, Ernest Hemingway, Pure Talalay Bliss and Velika.