The LaGrange County (Ind.) Economic Development Corp. (LCEDC), in conjunction with Heartland Mattress LLC, announced the new expansion of the company’s facility in Shipshewana, Ind.
Heartland Mattress is an Amish-owned manufacturer of high-end mattresses for the home bedding industry.
Heartland Mattress LLC was established in 2009 after owner Mervin Lehman, who was then employed in the recreational vehicle industry, lost his job with the economic downturn.
“I have always wanted to own my own business, and when the downturn happened, it really created an opportunity for me to put that plan into action” Lehman said. Lehman, along with members of the Northern Indiana Woodcrafter’s Association (NIWA), saw the need for a mattress manufacturer to produce high quality and locally made mattresses to complement the growing furniture industry in LaGrange County.
Lehman is looking to serve a segment of the RV industry.
“We started the business and it has really started to take off. We were able to fill the niche that some of the other companies haven’t been able to.” Lehman said. “Our target markets are those consumers that want premium mattresses that value locally produced goods.”
The company’s new facility is 2,600 square feet of manufacturing space, with an additional 1,000-square-foot showroom to showcase their products. Heartland Mattress LLC currently produces 10 different models, and are typically are priced much lower than the larger companies similar products. The mattresses are available direct from Heartland Mattress at their showroom at 1770 N. 500 W. Shipshewana, or in approximately 30 different furniture stores from Pennsylvania to Texas. The company will be hosting an open house at their new factory and showroom on Saturday (April 16) from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m.
“We are excited that Heartland Mattress has continued to grow their business in LaGrange County,” said Keith Gillenwater, LCEDC executive director. “Heartland Mattress LLC is a perfect example of the dedicated entrepreneurs that we have in our community that have helped LaGrange County pull out of the worldwide economic downturn. Heartland Mattress is a perfect fit to our growing woodworking industry cluster that is second to none in producing heirloom quality furniture and wood products for consumers.”