Moved by the storm damage and flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Eclipse International and Eastman House have teamed up with its Texas licensee, Sleep Designs, to manufacture and donate tractor-trailer loads of twin mattresses for use in temporary and long-term shelters housing people displaced by the storm.
“The Houston community is in dire need of assistance, and we’re here to do whatever it is we can do to help,” said Stuart Carlitz, president and CEO of Eclipse International and Eastman House. “So many people have been flooded out of their homes, work places and schools for the foreseeable future and they need help. We have a community in need, and the fact that the factory is dry and operational gives us the ability to pitch in and make a difference. Our goal is to provide a comfortable place to sleep for as many people as possible during this disaster.”
Carlitz said details are still being worked on, but the companies have reached out to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine the best locations for the mattresses. Thousands of people have fled flooded homes, and FEMA has estimated that 450,000 people will likely seek federal assistance in the wake of the storm, making it one of the country’s largest storms.
“Our Sleep Designs’ factory is located on higher ground and made it through the storm without damage,” said Stanley Schnitzer, president of Sleep Designs. “The people in the Houston area are suffering and many have lost everything they have. We’re honored to be able to pitch in and provide a comfortable night’s sleep to those in need.”
Carlitz said he’ll be reaching out to the companies’ suppliers to see if they are interested in helping with the donation too, noting that the factory could produce enough mattresses to fill multiple tractor-trailers.“We’re still working out the details," Carlitz explained, "but we are here to help those in need.”
About Eclipse International: Based in North Brunswick, N.J., Eclipse International has been making mattresses since 1905, and Eastman House was founded in 1866 and is the oldest, continuous mattress manufacturer in the U.S. A cornerstone brand of Bedding Industries of America, the company is a leader in advanced sleep systems crafted with high quality components, including latex, memory foam, gel and eco-friendly materials. Known for its design innovation, Eclipse holds a number of patents that deliver superb support throughout the product line. Today, the company has 61 licensees, 17 in the U.S., two in Canada and 42 overseas servicing 65 countries or provinces.
About Eastman House: Eastman House is a mattress manufacturer and licensing operation based in North Brunswick, New Jersey. In the mattress business for over seventy years, Eastman is committed to creating premium sleep products that encompass the best of the traditional craft of mattress fabrication and design. Ergonomics of sleep - as both an art and a science, as well as a commitment to tradition, craft and luxury are all premium signatures that separate Eastman from its competitors. Using materials that are locally sourced, organic or green wherever possible Eastman never loses sight of its commitment to a greener future.