Comfort Revolution Opens First U.S. Plant
February 23, 2013,
Comfort Revolution ceo Michael Fux addresses the audience at a ribbon-cutting event in Belmont, Miss.
The company, which produces high-end mattresses, mattress toppers and pillows, said it expects to create 200 jobs at the plant over the next three years.
"I'm thrilled to bring our bedding manufacturing back to the United States," founder and ceo Michael Fux said at the ribbon cutting event.
By the end of this year, the majority of Comfort Revolution products will be made in the United States, except for those destined for international distribution, officials said.
U.S. production offers many advantages for Comfort Revolution retailers and customers, Fux said. Retailers will benefit from a shorter delivery time for Comfort Revolution products, he said.
"By establishing our research and development facility in the plant, it will speed our time to market," Fux added. "We'll have more time for innovation and more efficient manufacturing with the latest technologies. That gives retailers more time for test programs and roll outs."
He also said that consumers will enjoy broader product offerings as a result of the move. Products will be developed in the United States to please the tastes of American consumers, he said.
The 432,650-square-foot-facility here can accommodate Comfort Revolution's current production requirements and proposed expansion in the years to come, as well as its research and development work, officials said.
The company said strong demand for its new Mattress Caddy by Comfort Revolution means that product will be one of the first to come off the new assembly line. The Mattress Caddy, which houses a 14-inch memory foam mattress in a plastic container that can be wheeled out of the store, was announced in August and is expected to ship to retailers starting in April.
The Mattress Caddy is on display here this week in World Market Center B-808. Its two sides divide in half to provide storage bins that can fit under the bed to stash off season linens, clothing or other items.
The product will be sold under both Sealy and Comfort Revolution brands. Sealy acquired a non-controlling interest in Comfort Revolution last year.
Fux, a native of Cuba who immigrated to the United States as a child, said he's excited about the new manufacturing plant.
"I have tremendous belief in the strength and dedication of the American worker and want all of our citizens to share the same dreams of success that I have always had," he said. "We're proud that once again we can label our products, ‘Made in America.'"
David Fuchs, vp of sales for Comfort Revolution, said some production will remain in China. The company will keep both manufacturing channels open, but the majority of product will be made in the United States. Comfort Revolution will also continue to source raw materials such as textiles and steel from China, he said.
| Executive Editor, Furniture Today