Innovation and Technology

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Innovation and Technology

Innovation is the beating heart inside our organization.

It doesn’t just live inside our labs, but is harnessed everywhere – in the development of new relationships, in the advancement of our processes, and in the transformation of ideas into tangible solutions for our customers. We experience no greater reward than when our innovations in polyurethane foam serve as the core foundation for game-changing advancements in products that touch the lives of consumers.

Our innovations and expertise push beyond the actual chemistry of our foams. What sets us apart is our extensive consumer testing and insights, which enable us to provide our customers with strategic guidance about the best applications for our solutions. Our solid understanding of consumer preferences and desires also allows us to collaborate closely with our customers on the next big breakthroughs in the industries they serve.

Like our manufacturing network, our innovation team spans the United States, and we are proud to connect the brainpower of our employees, our customers and our vendors from coast to coast to cultivate the freshest and most innovative ideas. We encourage everyone on our team to think openly and creatively to spark inspiration, and to keep our pipeline filled with extraordinary solutions that deliver unbeatable quality, comfort and durability for a wide range of applications.

Intellectual Property

Our team is always working on something new – a foam, an application or a process technology – and we believe strongly in the protection of intellectual property to recognize and reward the value of innovation. We are proud to be the pioneers of the original mattress-in-a-box, which has enabled the mattress industry to think "inside the box" to make mattress shipping a cinch for both manufacturers and customers alike. We are also the innovators behind gel-based memory foam – a technology that we have continued to advance with unique and ground-breaking performance benefits that bring a whole new level of comfort and luxury to bedding components and other essential consumer products.

As a reliable partner, we also treat our customers’ intellectual property with the utmost respect and discretion. Our team has decades of experience in customizing our operations to deliver the unique – and often patent-protected – designs you require, while maintaining the strictest confidentiality of your respected trade secrets.

Product Testing

Product testing is essential to both our corporate culture and our quality assurance program. Our vast network of testing facilities, including our R&D headquarters in Baldwyn, Mississippi, houses state-of-the art equipment, as well as a dedicated team of industry-leading experts and technicians. Our testing protocols include American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards, as well as internally developed testing procedures that simulate in-situ applications. Our products undergo rigorous environmental and mechanical property testing, so that we understand exactly how it will perform in real-world applications.

Since our innovations live at the core of a huge variety of consumer products, we employ constant consumer testing to collect a widespread sampling of data to ensure that our solutions will enable our customers to deliver products with desirable performance benefits that hit the mark in the industries they serve.

From our in-house testing, to consumer testing, to a variety of third party testing (e.g. fire standards), we commit to providing our customers with proven, high-quality solutions that enable enduring comfort and unbeatable protection in a broad range of applications.

Research and Development

We believe that innovation is not the result of one individual or a single team; we believe that innovation is owned by all – and is very much a collaborative process. As a result of this philosophy, our Research and Development (R&D) organization is fully integrated with our manufacturing organization to optimize the efficiency and reliability of our innovation pipeline. We partner with trusted suppliers across the United States who have global in-house R&D teams – allowing us to collect different viewpoints and to focus on a broader range of key areas. This integrated and collaborative approach to R&D supports our ability to understand how polymeric innovation ultimately affects customer preferences. As a result, we bring solutions to the market faster – and can, in turn, enable our customers to enhance their brands and win big with their consumers.

Our main R&D center is located in Baldwyn, Mississippi; the facility is ISO/IEC 17025 certified and boasts a wide range of capabilities, including testing services, engineering and technical expertise, product testing and marketing and launch support. With the backing of our team in Baldwyn and our R&D network around the U.S., we work side-by-side with our customers to thoroughly assess needs and then determine the precise technology and production methods that can best address those specific targets.

Our world-class team of engineers, technicians and specialists loves a challenge – and even more, they love to deliver the optimal solution for maximum results.