King Koil has named bedding industry veteran Ron Bruneau to the role of executive vice president of operations — a new position for the company— to oversee the implementation of its new strategy to build a domestic manufacturing infrastructure. Bruneau, who brings more than 20 years of operations experience to the position, has led operations with bedding manufacturers E.S. Kluft and Talalay Global.
“As we continue to phase in our new manufacturing strategy, we continue to build a world-class team of leaders,” said David Binke, chief executive officer of King Koil. “Ron is one of the best operations and supply chain executives around, and I’m thrilled to have him steering our direction as we move toward opening our first factory this spring. It’s an exciting time in the King Koil history, and we look forward to Ron’s leadership.”
As executive vice president of operations, Bruneau will oversee the day-to-day operations to support King Koil’s growth and expansion through strategic planning and goal setting. Prior to joining the company, Bruneau was chief operating officer for E.S. Kluft where he was a member of that company’s senior management leadership team and worked alongside Binke to build that brand in the U.S. market.
During his six-year tenure with the company, Bruneau oversaw Kluft’s increased production and helped grow the brand’s global footprint. He was responsible for maintaining the company’s outstanding reputation for quality and delivery. Bruneau also spent 13 years with Talalay Global where he started in the company’s engineering department and was later promoted to production manager, plant manager, and then corporate director of fabrication and general manager for the company’s operations in the West.
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About King Koil: A top 10 mattress manufacturer, King Koil boasts more than 30 licensees in more than 90 countries where King Koil mattresses are sold. Headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Willowbrook, Ill., the company has a long, rich history that reaches back to 1898 when Samuel Bronstein founded United States Bedding in St. Paul, Minn. What started out as six employees in a small factory has continued to grow. During the 1930s, U.S. Bedding improved the bedspring and was looking for a new name for its product. From there, the King Koil name was born.