Symbol Mattress Opens New Research & Development Center

Symbol Mattress has established its first Research and Development Center inside the producer’s 150,000-square-foot factory in Watertown, Wis., announced Mike McQuiston, company executive vice president.

The new 5,000-square-foot R&D area, overseen by Mark Jannke, Symbol’s vice president of product development, features equipment including a Rollator to simulate mattress wear, a Cornell Tester to assess durability, a Load Cell machine that determines force/deflection, plus digital scales for weighing components and a small-scale burn lab to test for flammability of raw materials. The test center also includes videography and still photography equipment to document test results.

“Having the ability to conduct our own tests of finished products, processes and raw materials, versus expending the time and expense typically involved in using outside labs, will be a tremendous benefit to our business,” Jannke said. “We plan to do more ticking and raw materials analysis in the future and will be updating our software programs over the next 12 months to better manage our data.”

Commenting on the new R&D Center, McQuiston said it will enable Symbol “to get quality results on potential raw materials and new designs far more quickly and accurately." “Most important,” he added, “is that our retail customers will have reason to feel even more confident selling Symbol-brand sleep products.”

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About Symbol Mattress: Founded in 1962, Symbol Mattress is a Top 12 bedding producer dedicated to providing quality, comfort and value to retail customers. The company has seven manufacturing locations, along with its Richmond factory and corporate office. Symbol offers a broad spectrum of mattress products at retail price points ranging from promotional to premium. Prominent collections include the company’s Signature and Comfort 4U lines, along with Symbol’s newly introduced Unite series.