Independent mattress manufacturer, Blue Bell Mattress Company, recently expanded its management team by naming Keith Poet as operations manager for its manufacturing facility in Roseville, Michigan. Bringing expertise in quality control, efficient manufacturing techniques and compliance to the team, Poet has nearly 20 years’ experience in production and operations management and is Six Sigma-certified
In his new position, Poet will oversee operations at the Michigan factory Blue Bell acquired in December. The 140,000-square-foot facility serves as the company’s gateway for its expansion into the Midwest and beyond. The factory manufactures product for the Blue Bell private label line, as well as King Koil and Natura, the company’s licensing partners.
“Keith’s wealth of operations experience will be a great benefit to us as we continue to roll out our growth strategy. His expertise in quality control and manufacturing efficiencies will help us continue to deliver quality, well-made mattresses in a timely manner,” said Mark Kolovson, chief executive officer of Blue Bell. “We welcome his enthusiasm and new perspective to our operation.”
Prior to joining Blue Bell, Poet spent three years as manufacturing manager for L&L Products, a parts manufacturer for automotive, aerospace and other commercial applications. The company has production facilities throughout the world. In addition, Poet was the production manager for Detroit Thermal Systems, manufacturer of climate control systems and components, for more than two years. Poet also held production management positions with Visteon, a technology company that develops electronics for automobiles.
In his new position, Poet reports to Brian Chase, chief operating officer of Blue Bell.
A graduate of Eastern Michigan University and Madonna University, Poet lives in Michigan with his family.
About Blue Bell Mattress Co.: Blue Bell Mattress Co. Inc., based in East Windsor, Conn., is the largest U.S. licensee of King Koil brand products. Blue Bell sells King Koil branded and private-label innerspring and hybrid mattresses to bedding and furniture retailers serving customers in nearly 1,500 store locations from Maine to Florida, and as far west as Illinois. The company is also a licensee of Natura World. Founded in 1928, the company has factories in Connecticut and Michigan totaling more than 340,000 square feet. Boston-based Landon Capital Partners, a direct private equity investment group of the Landon Trust, acquired a majority interest in Blue Bell in 2017.