Downlite expands into USA-made mattress pads via new acquisition
Retail Editor 4 -- Home Textiles Today, August 5, 2013
Mason, Ohio - Basic bedding supplier and consumer products company Downlite is entering a new category via its recent has acquisition of a domestic mattress pad manufacturing facility located in Monroe, NC.
"Today's marketplace continues to present unique opportunities for enhanced domestic production and one stop solutions - this acquisition accomplishes both," said Jim Lape, ceo. "Mattress pads are the perfect complement towards our core products - comforters and pillows - to complete the luxury sleep experience we pride ourselves on creating."
Downlite currently manufacturers a range of down, feather and synthetic bedding products - comforters, pillows, mattress pads, feather and fiber beds - and sells them under private label in department stores, specialty stores, and catalogs as well as under major national brand names.
Now, looking to ensure "a seamless and effective entry" into the domestic mattress pad business, Downlite said it has made some changes to its executive team:
- Industry veteran Pat Obrien, who previously worked for Pacific Coast Feather, has been brought onboard as director of operations for the mattress pad facility to manage the new operation;
- Kimberly Robertson, who previously worked for Louisville Bedding in a number of different capacities, has also joined Downlite as director of merchandising for mattress pads. She will be part of the team leading efforts for this rapidly growing segment of business for Downlite.
Domestic production is slated to begin in late 2013 at the facility, which was previously owned by Perfect Fit.
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