BekaertDeslee enjoys fruits of merger

BekaertDeslee enjoys fruits of merger

BY GARY JAMES Textile supplier has wider global reach, plus a mandate for innovation and customer service With the hard work of integrating two broad product lines, individual sales and management teams, and complex production and distribution networks now complete, BekaertDeslee enters 2018 with momentum. Its ambitious plans include expanding its global presence in its […]

Epperson creates niche as industry expert, adviser

Epperson creates niche as industry expert, adviser

BY GARY JAMES Investment banker still intrigued by bedding business he’s studied for 40-plus years Wallace W. “Jerry” Epperson Jr. has long been a passionate student—and fan—of the bedding industry. His research on sleep products stretches back more than 40 years, when he and Mike Sherman, founder of Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Association Research Inc., teamed up […]

Milliken & Co. deepens commitment to bedding

Milliken & Co. deepens commitment to bedding

BY GARY JAMES Through Innovarest brand, supplier goes beyond FR nonwovens with specialty textiles and more Reflecting the evolution of its sleep textiles line beyond FR nonwovens into knits, laminates and other bedding components, Milliken & Co. has launched a major branding initiative called Milliken Innovarest. The new brand positions the company for continued expansion […]

Custom Comfort Mattress focuses on craftsmanship

Custom Comfort Mattress focuses on craftsmanship

BY GARY JAMES Brothers build garage-based manufacturing startup into a multifaceted factory direct in the West, Custom Comfort Mattress Mel Trudell’s passion for making quality mattresses started early in life. In 1987, at age 24, he and his brother Marty, one year older, began making mattresses in their garage. Two years later, the brothers sublet […]

Tietex International’s success stems from stitchbonding

Tietex International’s success stems from stitchbonding

BY GARY JAMES The supplier has grown its business with solution-oriented products from anti-skid to FR Tietex International Ltd.’s core product line for the bedding industry—stitchbonded filler fabrics—may appear to be a narrowly defined niche. But in an industry where the variety of bed constructions has grown exponentially, so too has the Tietex line. Today, […]

Jomel Industries Evolves as Mattresses Do

Jomel Industries Evolves as Mattresses Do

BY GARY JAMES This supplier of traditional bedding components now does a big business in the growing sewn covers segment. Known for its diverse line of bedding components, including corner guards, handles and zippers, Jomel Industries also has become a significant player in bed covers during the past five years. Jomel entered the bed cover […]

Innocor Inc. Passionate About Innovation

Innocor Inc. Passionate About Innovation

Foam specialist expands offerings to bedding manufacturing, retail segments BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Executives at Innocor Inc., a Red Bank, New Jersey-based producer of foam products for both commercial and retail channels, expect to see significant growth in annual sales over the next several years. They believe their strong commitment to consumer research, comprehensive product development […]

MFI International Finds Success on the Border

MFI International Finds Success on the Border

Contract textile producer says production in U.S. and Mexico benefits its varied customers BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Faced with uncertainties surrounding the possible renegotiation or even U.S. withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement, executives at contract textiles manufacturer MFI International are bolstering their business by further diversifying the wide variety of products and services […]

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 […]

AEC Narrow Fabrics Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Success

AEC Narrow Fabrics Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Success

AEC Narrow Fabrics comes of age Strategic investments, key leadership hires and workforce training translate into success for 30-year-old textile producer BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB As they commemorate their company’s 30th year in business, executives at AEC Narrow Fabrics plan to capitalize on their unbroken record of continual growth by making strategic investments in both research […]

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