Burlington Industries Executive to Lead Quality Control at Kingsdown

Kingsdown Inc. appointed manufacturing veteran Michael Shoe its new director of quality systems. Shoe will lead Kingsdown’s Total Quality Management program to raise standards across all Kingsdown plants while integrating the sales and marketing departments into a single quality system. Shoe will report directly to Kingsdown Executive Vice President of Operations and COO Joe Schmoeller.

Shoe spent more than 18 years working in the textile industry, last serving as a multi-site plant manager for Burlington Industries in North Carolina. After only six months in that role, Shoe launched a major turnaround for the Cone Jacquards Business Unit, marking the site’s first positive financial and manufacturing performance in four years. As plant manager, Shoe helped implement ISO 9000 quality systems to improve overall product and process consistency and directed a number of Six Sigma process improvement activities including reduction of product lead-times, implementation of new manufacturing planning systems and improving manufacturing costs.

“Throughout his career, Mike has been involved in all aspects of manufacturing, quality and safety. We believe that his broad breadth of experience will help us to maintain and improve quality standards throughout the entire production process,” said Schmoeller. “He will also serve as a liaison among our facilities, overseeing our internal reporting structure to continually improve communication among our divisions and make sure we have 100 percent employee involvement in the process.”

Shoe has his bachelor’s degree in textile science from North Carolina State University. He has received training in Six Sigma, ISO 9001/2000 and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Compliance.

For more information, visit www.kingsdown.com.

About Kingsdown, Inc.: Kingsdown, 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 Tokyo, Japan and Melbourne, Australia. Additional manufacturing and distribution centers are located in Winchester, VA; Muskogee, OK; Lakeland, FL; Stockton, CA; Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver, Canada; Leicestershire, England; Tuscany, Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Jakarta, Indonesia; Shenzhen, China; Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, Australia.