Leggett & Platt Sales Jump 11% in 2nd Quarter

Leggett & Platt Sales Jump 11% in 2nd Quarter

Diversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt Inc. reported second-quarter sales of $1.1 billion in fiscal 2018, an increase of 11% versus the second quarter of 2017. Organic sales at the Carthage, Missouri-based producer grew 10%, with volume up 6% from strength in automotive, bedding, adjustable bed and several other businesses. Raw material-related price increases and currency impact added 4%. Acquisitions […]

Serta Simmons Names Horan to New Top Sales Role

Following an extensive search, Serta Simmons Bedding LLC has appointed Dan Horan chief sales officer, a new position for the company. He reports to Michael Traub, chief executive officer of the Atlanta-based mattress manufacturing major, and will manage all channel sales leaders who previously reported directly to Traub. Horan steps into his new role Aug. […]

Welcome to the Newly Redesigned BedTimes

Welcome to the Newly Redesigned BedTimes

BY MARY BEST As with mattress making, design plays a crucial role in fulfilling the mission of a magazine. It draws readers into stories and illuminates their meaning. As with mattress styles, design is not static. It constantly shifts based on consumers’ — or in our case, readers’ — needs and interests, trends, market changes, […]

ISPA Report: Motion Base Sales Are on the Move

ISPA Report: Motion Base Sales Are on the Move

Sales of adjustable bases are going up, up, up — a bright spot for the sleep products industry at a time when unit sales of mattresses and flat foundations have been dipping. Unit  motion base sales grew significantly in the first quarter of 2018, compared with the same period of 2017, according to the ISPA […]

ISPA EXPO 2018: The shape of things to come

ISPA EXPO 2018: The shape of things to come

As a child, did you ever play with a *kaleidoscope? We always had one around. My mother, with her creative flair, made one with heavy copper tubing, mirrors and bits of colored glass. It was so much better than the cardboard ones from the discount store. Holding it up to the light, we would turn […]

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 […]

Running hot and cold

Running hot and cold

Ah, October In my home state of North Carolina, October is such a changeable month. One day it can be warm and the next will have you reaching for your jacket. You never know if you should keep the AC on or switch it off until spring. Thank goodness our bodies adjust, right? Did you know […]

How a Hot Shower Gives You Sweet Dreams

How a Hot Shower Gives You Sweet Dreams

Move over warm milk. There’s another way to help people drift off at night. To improve your sleep, experts recommend taking a hot shower before bed, according to a Feb. 21 article on Time.com. In the past, people have been advised to take warm baths to help them wind down from the day. A shower […]

Ventex Adds Rick Conely to New Sales Manager Position

Ventex Inc. has named Rick Conely national sales manager, a newly created position for the Ashburn, Virginia-based supplier of fire barriers for mattresses and upholstered furniture. In his position, Conely is responsible for Ventex sales in the United States and internationally. He reports to the company’s president, Harrison Murphy. Most recently, Conely was regional sales […]

Chris Baker Announced as New Corsicana Mattress Co. CEO

Chris Baker Announced as New Corsicana Mattress Co. CEO

Corsicana Mattress Co., a major producer of promotional and moderately priced mattresses based in Corsicana, Texas, has named Chris Baker chief executive officer. He succeeds Mark Kuchenrither, who left the company earlier this year after serving as CEO for the past year. Baker, previously on Corsicana’s board of directors, is charged with executing the company’s […]

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