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 […]

Salt Lake Mattress Going Strong after 125 Years

Salt Lake Mattress Going Strong after 125 Years

Serta licensee Salt Lake Mattress embraces history, retailer relationships, challenges BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Although they are acutely aware of the challenges facing independent manufacturers throughout the country, executives at Salt Lake Mattress & Manufacturing Co. are optimistic about the continuing stability and growth of their business. As they prepare to celebrate their 125th anniversary this […]

Southerland Inc. CEO Bryan Smith Attributes Success to Values

Southerland Inc. CEO Bryan Smith Attributes Success to Values

Core values inspire Smith Southerland top exec, ISPA chair attributes success to honesty, teamwork, work-life balance BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Bryan Smith, president and chief executive officer of Southerland Inc., wonders if he perhaps is a bit too honest, brutally honest at times. “I’m very transparent and one of those people who is probably honest to […]

Parts Supplier Jumpsource Getting into Machinery, too

Parts Supplier Jumpsource Getting into Machinery, too

Jumpsource’s joint venture with Union Special delivers more sewing equipment to mattress industry BY DOROTHY WHITCOMB Jumpsource, a supplier of “original-quality” replacement parts for machinery used in a variety of industries, is expanding its international distribution and forming logical partnerships to create a solid platform for the growth company executives want to see in the […]

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