Eclipse International President and CEO Stuart Carlitz said that in a post COVID-19 economic recovery period, it is “imperative” lawmakers in Washington take a tough stand on foreign importers to strengthen the more than 500 domestic mattress manufacturers who “are more than capable of producing product for every U.S. consumer, hospital, hotel and related facilities.”
Carlitz said he felt compelled to speak out after reading statements from an importer group in recent weeks who oppose the move, calling their claims “greedy” and “underhanded.”
A group of seven U.S. bedding companies have united to file an antidumping petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission citing injury from the surge in import volumes from seven countries – Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand and Turkey. The group opposing the petition has been critical of the filing citing the timing during the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing aid for relief efforts.
But Carlitz calls that argument “totally biased and full of greed” saying “the more than 500 U.S.-based manufacturers are capable of fulfilling the needs of every consumer, every hospital, every hotel, every cruise ship and any U.S. facility that uses mattresses. Moreover, it’s the domestic manufacturers who are keeping Americans employed and leading COVID-19 efforts like making masks, gowns and hospital beds.”
Companies in the United States are well-equipped with materials, capacity and the skilled workforce to keep pace with America’s mattress needs, Carlitz said.
“Every domestic bedding manufacturer has the responsibility to speak out against dumping and stand in partnership with our fellow producers who have been harmed by the illegal actions by the importers greedy to gain market share,” Carlitz said. “We have a responsibility to build up and help strengthen our U.S. manufacturing sector to stave off problems we continue to see from the growing reliance on imports.
“We stand unified with our fellow domestic mattress makers to fight the influx of mattresses that are flooding our shores at unfair prices. They are being dumped here by companies supported by foreign governments to capture U.S. dollars. It’s unfair trade, plain and simple, and the International Trade Commission was established to stop these unfair practices” he added. “Wake up America, buy U.S.A-made products.”
About Eclipse International: North Brunswick, New Jersey-based Eclipse International has been making mattresses since 1866. Known for its design innovation in creating advanced sleep products, the company has an extensive global licensing network that distributes mattresses under six brands – Eclipse, Eastman House, Ernest Hemingway, Pure Talalay Bliss, Velika and BIA. A well-established leader in the bedding industry, Eclipse designs products crafted with high quality components, including latex, memory foam, gel and eco-friendly materials. The company holds a number of patents that deliver superb support throughout the product line. Today, the company has 77 licensees worldwide.