Making a bed was never this easy

Making a bed was never this easy

BY GARY JAMES Backed by software and automation, equipment suppliers reveal new machines and entire production lines designed to take much of the hard labor out of manufacturing mattresses Always on the lookout for ways to improve the efficiency, safety, productivity and ergonomics of today’s mattress- and pillow-making operations, machinery makers introduced a range of […]

Serta Simmons Bedding opens Serta and Beautyrest plant in Northeast

Serta Simmons Bedding opens Serta and Beautyrest plant in Northeast

Mattress major Serta Simmons Bedding LLC has commenced mattress manufacturing at a new plant in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. It is twice the size of a former site in Springfield, Massachusetts, and employs 240 people, many of whom transferred from the old plant. Since 2017, SSB has opened two larger plants in Houston and Moreno Valley, […]

ISPA EXPO 2018 mattress components and machinery slideshows

ISPA EXPO 2018 mattress components and machinery slideshows

By Barbara T. Nelles Photos Bert VanderVeen Yes, “Mother Natural” went a little wild at the Jones Nonwovens booth (right). Sometimes things get out of hand at ISPA EXPO. It’s thrilling to see so many innovations in mattress components and manufacturing equipment, all in one place. You get sensory overload. This is the bedding industry’s biggest […]

Putting the 5S philosophy to work

Putting the 5S philosophy to work

BY JULIE A. PALM Lean manufacturing techniques and a clean, well-organized facility can reduce waste, improve efficiencies and boost profits A decades-old lean manufacturing technique that helps reduce waste, increase productivity and product quality, improve worker safety, and create a climate of continuous improvement could give you a significant advantage over your competitors today. We’re talking […]

A. Lava Creates 2 New Posts to Manage Expanding Business

A. Lava Creates 2 New Posts to Manage Expanding Business

A. Lava & Son Co., a supplier of contract sewing and product assembly services that includes zippered cover production, quilting services, mattress components, turnkey boxed-bed programs and more, has hired Mason Hallett and promoted Chris Bunce. Each reports to Adam Lava, co-owner of the Chicago-based company. Hallett, a mattress fabrics veteran, assumes the role of […]

Glimpses of Mattress Industry Future at Interzum Cologne

Glimpses of Mattress Industry Future at Interzum Cologne

BY BARBARA T. NELLES Anyone unable to attend Interzum Cologne last month to look at components and machinery related to mattress manufacturing is in luck, because ISPA EXPO 2018 will be here before you know it. Mark your calendars for March 14-16 at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina. It’s the best place to […]

Sherwood Bedding Co. Announces Strategic Investment by the Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. Group

News release written by Sherwood Bedding and published, unedited, by BedTimes Steinhoff to invest with Sherwood co-presidents Neil Ellman and Lance Ellman Represents the first U.S. mattress manufacturing investment by Steinhoff FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 25, 2017 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time –(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sherwood Bedding Company (Sherwood), today announced a strategic investment from Steinhoff (FRANKFURT: SNH), […]

American Textile Co. To Distribute Tempur-Pedic Products

American Textile Co. To Distribute Tempur-Pedic Products

Duquesne, Pennsylvania-based American Textile Co., a supplier of mattress protection and pillows, and Lexington, Kentucky-based mattress manufacturing major Tempur Sealy International Inc. have reached a licensing deal that will allow American Textile Co. to develop and distribute Tempur-Pedic branded sleep products. Featuring Tempur-Pedic’s signature adaptive features, the product line will include sheets, mattress pads and […]

Serta Simmons Expands Manufacturing Footprint, Matches Retailers’ Ad Spending

Mattress manufacturing major Serta Simmons Bedding LLC is investing more than $100 million in new manufacturing plants and a multiyear advertising strategy, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based company.  In 2017, Serta Simmons will add four large facilities to its existing network of more than 30 plants. The buildings are complete and the […]

Supply-Side Economics: 10 Strategies for Building and Maintaining Profitable, Lasting Partnerships with Your Suppliers

Supply-Side Economics: 10 Strategies for Building and Maintaining Profitable, Lasting Partnerships with Your Suppliers

BY JULIE A. PALM Quick! Name the people most vital to your company’s success. Did you say your employees? Yes, definitely important. Customers? Of course. But what about your suppliers? They may not have jumped immediately to mind, but whether your business thrives or withers is rooted in your relationship with your suppliers. If  “suppliers” wasn’t your […]

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