Hickory, N.C.-based components supplier Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co. has introduced the patented Fall-Away Cross Bar, a mechanism designed to raise the comfort level in sleeper sofas.
According to a press release, the Fall-Away Cross Bar is designed to sit 2.5 inches lower than previous models, creating a gap between the mattress and the bar so the sleeper does not experience any discomfort. While the middle bar of the mechanism is necessary for support when the sofa is in a seating position, once the bed is opened, the Fall-Away Cross Bar rotates to its lower position.
The new sleeper mechanism will be offered to all existing customers at no additional cost, making it an industry standard from Hickory Springs. The Fall-Away Cross Bar can be used in all towable and motorized RV models.
“Our new Fall-Away Cross Bar is a ‘hidden value product.’ You may not see the difference, but you can definitely feel it,” said Mickey Thomas, director of sales for the company’s JSI division based in Elkhart, Ind. “There is nothing else like it on the market. Complaints about the discomfort of RV beds are legendary. It was time to get innovative to eliminate the mid-back discomfort RVers feel due to the middle bar of a hide-away bed digging into their body. This truly gives our customers a unique selling point.”
Hickory Springs sleepers come with innerspring or foam mattresses in a wide range of sizes, lengths and depths, complete with a convenient patented Headlock Dual-Locking TV Headrest.
Don Coleman, president and CEO of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., announced his plans to retire this December after 39 years with the company.
According to a press release, he has been president and CEO of the North Carolina firm since 1996. Hickory is one of the nation’s largest integrated manufacturers and an international supplier of components for the furniture and bedding industries, including the RV sector.
“It has been a wonderful 39-plus years working with and for a company of the quality standards and ethics we enjoy. We as employees can be proud to be a part of the organization we have today,” Coleman said.
Highlights of his career include:
• Coleman joined the company in 1972 as its first national product manager, and then added manufactured sleeper mechanisms to his management responsibilities in 1975.
• He served as general manager of the company’s Highland Fabricators facility following its acquisition, then was named vice president of the company’s Eastern Furniture Division following its formation in 1992.
• In 1996, he succeeded Neil Underdown as president/CEO of Hickory Springs.
• Coleman spearheaded the company’s expansion over the past several years through acquisition and joint ventures.
“Hickory Springs is grateful to Don for his years of outstanding leadership, loyalty, and vision,” said Tom Pierce, chairman of Hickory Springs. “His commitment to developing innovative products, sound fiscal policy, creative partnerships and understanding the needs of our customers has had an immeasurable impact upon the ongoing excellence, growth and diversification of Hickory Springs over the years.”
Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., one of the nation’s largest integrated manufacturers and an international supplier of components for the furniture and bedding industries and an RV industry supplier, has announced the creation of a vice president position for its new Transportation Division as part of a companywide realignment strategy.
According to a press release, Mark Stenger has been appointed vice president of Transportation Products and Metal Components Group. In this new role, Stenger will oversee all aspects of the new division, including planning, directing and controlling the development, manufacturing and selling of the company’s transportation products and metal components.
Since joining the Hickory Springs’s California sales force in 1989, Stenger has held the positions of product manager, operations manager, general manager and most recently vice president of the Western Division since 2003.
“A key objective of our most recent realignment strategy is to accelerate our growth and diversification,” said Lee Lunsford, executive vice president and COO for the Hickory. N.C.-based company, which services the RV industry. “The creation of our Transportation Division and naming Mark vice president are important steps toward establishing strategies and plans that will ensure significant, ongoing growth in the transportation industries.”
The company’s new Transportation Division is a ISO/TS 16949 certification and ISO9001: 2008-certified company that designs and manufactures engineered seat webbing, molded rebond foam cushioning materials, tubing and formed wire structures for the school bus, golf cart, heavy truck, automotive, and marine industries. The transportation division builds on Hickory Springs’ decades of experience in the engineering, design and manufacture of seating for the furniture industry and leverages that expertise to create a line of world-class seating.
One of North Carolina’s largest employers, Hickory Springs is a privately held company based in Hickory, North Carolina, with more than 50 manufacturing plants in 16 states and China. In addition to its core furniture and bedding markets, Hickory Springs also serves a growing range of customers in the automotive, recreational vehicle, packaging, medical, marine and telecommunications industries.