Mattresses

Braden Becomes Global President of Hästens

Braden Becomes Global President of Hästens

KÖPING, Sweden–Nick Braden has been named global president of high-end mattress manufacturer Hästens. Braden assumes responsibility over the search for strategic opportunities for the company on a global level. He also oversees the centralized functions supporting the company’s worldwide operations. Jan Ryde, the chief executive officer and fifth-generation owner of Hästens, had performed these functionsMore »

Mattress Sales Up 11 Percent in April

Mattress Sales Up 11 Percent in April

ALEXANDRIA, Va.–U.S. sales of mattresses jumped 11.3 percent on a dollar basis year over year in April, totaling $273.1 million, according to the latest Bedding Barometer report from the International Sleep Products Association. The most recent report is another indication that the mattress industry has turned in a positive direction, after spending much of theMore »

Leggett & Platt Consumer Products Joins WorldBed Mission for Haiti

Leggett & Platt Consumer Products Joins WorldBed Mission for Haiti

WHITTIER, Calif.–Leggett & Platt Consumer Products Group has donated waterproof beds to the WorldBed project, part of the relief effort for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The WorldBed initiative’s goal is to send 200,000 beds to Haiti, according to Herman Tam, group vice president of sales and marketing for the Consumer Products Group. TheMore »

Sealy, Simmons Mark Brand Anniversaries

Sealy, Simmons Mark Brand Anniversaries

ATLANTA, TRINITY, N.C.-Sealy and Simmons, the nation’s two largest mattress manufacturers, have begun initiatives to mark key anniversaries for their two flagship brands, Posturepedic and Beautyrest. To celebrate Posturepedic’s 60th anniversary, Sealy has debuted a new Posturepedic mattress collection and started a national promotion centered on diamond themes. The promotion includes diamond earring and pendantMore »

Valette Named Select Comfort Chairman

Valette Named Select Comfort Chairman

MINNEAPOLIS-Jean-Michel Valette has been appointed chairman of the board of directors of Select Comfort. Valette, who has been a member of Select Comfort’s board for more than 15 years, succeeds Ervin R. Shames, who will continue to serve as a member of the company’s board. Currently, Valette is also chairman of Peet’s Coffee and TeaMore »

Southerland Purchased by Employees

Southerland Purchased by Employees

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–Mattress manufacturer Southerland has been acquired by employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. The transaction closed on May 17, and the company is now led by its co-presidents, David Corbin and Stephen Russo (former president and chief executive officer of Restonic), and its executive vice president and chief financial officer, Bryan Smith. HermanMore »

Curtright Becomes Human Touch Director of Sales

Curtright Becomes Human Touch Director of Sales

LONG BEACH, Calif.–Human Touch has named Billy Curtright director of sales for furniture and specialty-sleep products. Curtright thus assumes responsibility over the sales of Human Touch products in the furniture and specialty-sleep markets. He reports to Human Touch’s president, Andrew Cohen. Before joining Human Touch, Curtright was account executive for Ekornes. His career also includesMore »

Simmons Teams With Foam Suppliers to Promote CertiPUR-US Certification

Simmons Teams With Foam Suppliers to Promote CertiPUR-US Certification

ATLANTA–Simmons has partnered with its suppliers of polyurethane foam to highlight the achievement of CertiPUR-US certification for the foams used in the company’s mattresses. According to a Simmons statement, this certification verifies that the foams are free of volatile organic compounds and chlorofluorocarbons, and are made without fire retardants that use polybrominated diphenyl ethers, lead,More »