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 […]

Industry Veteran Ray Malkiewicz Dies

Industry Veteran Ray Malkiewicz Dies

Mattress manufacturing veteran Ray Malkiewicz died Feb 19, at his home in Escondido, California, surrounded by his family. He was 84 and had suffered several complications following a stroke. Retired since 2009, Malkiewicz spent more than a half century in the sleep products industry. He began his career with Simmons Bedding Co. as a sales […]

New Entity Visionary Sleep Acquires 3 Restonic Mattress Plants

MATTRESS INDUSTRY NEWS RELEASE News release written by Restonic and published, unedited, by BedTimes Buffalo, New York – Jan. 9, 2017: A definitive purchase agreement between Alliance Sleep (Buffalo), Jackson Mattress (Fayetteville) and Sleep Products (New Albany) and Bob Sherman, Barbara Bradford, Jay Patel and Laurie Tokarz principals of Visionary Sleep has been finalized. The […]

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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