In a challenging economy and labor market, Diamond Mattress asserts that employee engagement is more important than ever, spotlighting several team members with more than 25 years of service.
Among the roster of almost 200 Diamond team members, three have served the fourth-generation mattress manufacturer for more than a quarter-century. Many others deserve honorable mention with 26 employees serving more than 15 years; 36 with over 10 years; and almost 100 with at least five years.
“Simple fact: There is no growth, no success without people power,” said Shaun Pennington, chief executive officer. “Yes, it’s important in a tough labor market, but it has always been a core value for us at Diamond as a family-owned and -operated company since its founding. We are blessed to have wonderful stories of longevity within our company.”
Marina Bautista started at Diamond as a seamstress, and after 26 years, she is masterful in her position. After 28 years of service, Ismael Ruiz is now shipping lead, having worked in various roles from sweeper and bagging machine operator to scheduler.
A Diamond veteran of 50 years, Anthony Ribali started in mattress build-up, transitioned to shipping roles, served as plant manager, and now works on the purchasing team.
“Diamond has always been a family business, from Pearl to Dick, then Randy and now his kids, Breana and Shaun,” Ribali said. “I’ve worked with great people throughout the years who helped instill in me a strong work ethic, and whatever you do, perform the job in a way you can be proud of your work.”
The Rancho Dominguez, California-based company is now largely focused on “People and Processes,” emphasizing personnel development to improve recruiting and hiring, training across all types of roles, leadership development and targeted initiatives in employee engagement.