Kingsdown Inc. has hired Ray Gutierrez as Plant Manager for the company’s newest facility in Stockton, CA, which opened in 2010 to better service the company’s growing West Coast business. He will be responsible for quality management, employee safety as well as certain sales initiatives. Gutierrez will report directly to Kingsdown Vice President of Manufacturing John Farnham.
“Ray has a tremendous understanding of plant operations and quality control, and he’ll be an excellent leader for our California plant. His expertise is crucial to this operation because Kingsdown’s Stockton facility has been a true start-up producing product for only a year and half now. While we opened the plant with the help of Kingsdown veterans, our goal was always to bring in a new leader with local ties to the community. With his extensive industry contacts, we believe Ray will really help this operation to thrive and grow,” said Farnham.
A veteran in the bedding industry, Gutierrez joins Kingsdown with more than two decades of experience, most recently serving as facility manager for Englander where he spent 19 years. He was instrumental in implementing and refining the company’s safety and quality initiatives at multiple company facilities. Gutierrez has significant training in lean manufacturing and extensive industry contacts from both a purchasing and raw materials standpoint.
“The Kingsdown name is synonymous with quality and that’s why it was so important to hear Ray espouse his dedication for creating a top-notch product. He has already excelled in this role within the industry and we believe he can only strengthen our operations in California,” said Kingsdown President and CEO Frank Hood.
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About Kingsdown: Kingsdown, Inc. founded in 1904 and headquartered in Mebane, North Carolina, USA is a manufacturer of premium mattress systems serving leading retailers across the United States and in more than 20 countries. Each product is manufactured using handcrafted techniques combined with state‐of‐the‐art research, materials and equipment. Research and development, training and distribution facilities, as well as two manufacturing facilities, are also headquartered in Mebane. International offices are located in Bangkok, Thailand and Tokyo, Japan. Additional manufacturing and distribution centers are located in Winchester, VA; Muskogee, OK; Lakeland, FL; Stockton, CA; Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, Canada; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Istanbul, Turkey; and Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, Australia.