College students have notoriously poor sleep habits, but independent producer, Gold Bond Mattress, is doing its part to reverse that trend by making thousands of high-quality, hand-crafted mattresses each year for college dormitories.
Currently working with 20 leading prep schools and universities – including several Ivy League schools – to produce mattresses for their residence halls, the company is eager to deliver better sleep for students. The brand produced more than 3,000 of these specially designed, twin extra-long mattresses last year and Gold Bond expects to deliver at least 5,000 in 2018, marking a notable increase in demand from schools.
“We can’t prevent students from staying up all night studying for an exam, but when they do decide to get some sleep, we want to make it as comfortable for them as possible,” said Robert Naboicheck, president of Gold Bond Mattress. “A quality mattress is one of the best ways to ensure someone gets a good night’s sleep.”
Gold Bond’s rich 119-year history is rooted in the hospitality segment of the mattress business, and the company’s recent focus on this segment has resulted in some impressive growth – a 67 percent year-over-year sales increase in its school dormitory business. And with several large orders already in hand this year, Naboicheck doesn’t see it slowing down.
“Schools are gaining a better understanding of the health benefits of a good night’s sleep, and they’re increasingly turning to reliable, domestic producers like us who can deliver a quality product on time and within their budget,” Naboicheck said.
Like many of its products for the residential market, Gold Bond relies on cotton as the principal cushioning material and flame-retardant (FR) barrier for its dormitory mattresses. Naboicheck said most producers use foam, but Gold Bond’s use of cotton helps keep costs down in an era of rapidly rising foam prices. Plus, Gold Bond operates its own cotton garneting equipment (a process that removes impurities from raw cotton), which allows for further cost savings.
“Cotton is an all-natural material and lasts much longer than the low-quality foams in the contract arena,” said Naboicheck. “And since we are one of only two garneters in the Northeast, that makes it much less expensive than if we bought it from an outside source.”
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About Gold Bond: Founded in 1899, Gold Bond is one of the nation’s largest family-operated independent mattress, specialty sleep and futon manufacturers. The company is a leader in mattress manufacturing techniques and more than a century of experience bring product innovations, high manufacturing standards and executive leadership to the industry. Handcrafted in Connecticut with the majority of the raw material made in America, Gold Bond products incorporate the latest comfort technologies in their futons and mattresses, such as Talalay Latex, encased coils and visco-elastic memory foam. Gold Bond currently ships to 40 states and five countries, and its products are available at more than 500 retail showrooms.