We need sleep. Oh, yes. We do

We need sleep. Oh, yes. We do

BY BETH ENGLISH There was a time when I was desperate for sleep. It was last night. Even with everything I’ve learned about the importance of sleep, two nights ago I stayed up to watch the Academy Awards. I have no idea why. I had seen only one of the best picture nominees. (“The Post”—it […]

Is the sleep message getting through?

Is the sleep message getting through?

Americans are getting more shut-eye than before. That’s according to data from 181,000 people, ages 15 and older, who took part in the American Time Use Survey between 2003 and 2016. “Over 14 years, Americans were getting 17 more minutes of sleep every night, or a full four days more sleep per year,” says lead […]

American Textile expands Georgia operations

American Textile expands Georgia operations

Duquesne, Pennsylvania-based American Textile Co. has opened a 400,000-square-foot warehousing and distribution facility in Tifton, Georgia that more than doubles the company’s distribution capacity. A producer of branded and white-label mattress protection products, pillows and bedding, American Textile has grown more than 10% annually for the past 10 years, driven by increased consumer demand for […]

Private equity firm Novacap acquires Kingsdown

Private equity firm Novacap acquires Kingsdown

Montreal-based private equity firm Novacap has financed the merger of Owen & Co. Ltd./Kingsdown Canada, which it added to its portfolio April 2017, with mattress maker Kingsdown Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. According to a news release, Toronto-based Owen & Co. is the exclusive owner of the Kingsdown brand name in Canada. […]

CDC studies poor sleep among teens

CDC studies poor sleep among teens

Many teens aren’t getting enough sleep. But how many? A Jan. 26 study from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a look at 2015 data from Youth Risk Behavior Surveys in nine states to see how youth were faring First, it’s important to understand how much sleep teens should be getting. The […]

Sam Malouf recognized by alma mater

Sam Malouf recognized by alma mater

Sam Malouf, chief executive officer and co-founder of Malouf, with headquarters in Logan, Utah, received the Professional Achievement Award from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University in Logan. The annual award goes to a distinguished alumnus who displays exceptional success and leadership in his or her field. In addition to […]

Elfa expands in-house design team

Elfa expands in-house design team

Textile supplier Elfa International has expanded its in-house design capabilities with the hiring of Cindy Rice as lead designer and McCall Moore as product designer. Their first collections for the New York-based company were on display at ISPA EXPO 2018 March 14-16 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rice has responsibility for overseeing the design team and […]

Wisconsin-based Raffel Systems names Grigg to new post

Wisconsin-based Raffel Systems names Grigg to new post

Raffel Systems, a designer and manufacturer of electronic controls for furniture and bedding in Germantown, Wisconsin, has hired mattress industry veteran Neal Grigg as its bedding specialist. This is a new position for Raffel Systems. Grigg has more than 40 years of experience in the mattress business with expertise in marketing and the design of […]

Marrero, Magliulo assume new roles at Protect-A-Bed

Marrero, Magliulo assume new roles at Protect-A-Bed

Chicago-based Protect-A-Bed has promoted Miguel Marrero from manager of information technology product development to director of international sales. Mark Magliulo has moved into the manager of information technology product development role after serving as executive assistant to James Bell, Protect-A-Bed’s chief executive officer, for the past year and a half. The changes come on the […]

Ron Bruneau heads manufacturing push at King Koil

Ron Bruneau heads manufacturing push at King Koil

Mattress maker and licensing group King Koil has named bedding industry veteran Ron Bruneau to the new post of executive vice president of operations. He now oversees the implementation of the Willowbrook, Illinois-based company’s strategy to build a domestic manufacturing infrastructure. Bruneau has more than 20 years of experience in the mattress industry. As chief operating […]

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