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By Jessica Gaines Jarboe | Broker in Louisville, KY

Get Your Rest on a Local Louisville Mattress

Bed_snoring.jpgAs I was writing my recent blog about the Great Bed Races featured as part of the Derby Festival, I got the thinking about local bedding manufacturers right in the Louisville area. Although we have our share of mattress warehouses and other national chains, we also have companies that make mattresses and other bedding nearby.

Right here in Louisville, that Giddings Bedding Company has made mattresses since 1942 when George Bernard opened the doors. Now made by the third generation of family members, the company offers regular size bedding and also special sized bedding for antique beds, which tend to be shorter. Giddings also offers Symbol Mattresses, a line of luxury foam mattresses, which are also available in standard or special sizes. These beds are similar to Tempu-pedic mattresses, which were founded in 1992 by Robert Trussel, a horse breeder from nearby Lexington.

In nearby Jeffersonville Indiana, the Bowles Mattress Company has offered quality mattresses to customers within customers within 200 miles of its factory since 1975. As a family-owned business, George and Opal goals sold mattresses directly to the public and to local furniture stores to local furniture stores. By 1981, the Bowles move their company to an old warehouse building at 1221 Street in Jeffersonville. This additional space allowed for business growth, so by 1990 the company expanded again and then added equipment to make for a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Bowles supplemented their line of residential mattresses with 37 types of bedding for university dorms, nursing homes, hotels, private label products, and specialty items such as waterbed replacements, round beds, truck sleepers, sofa bed couches, adjustable beds, and antique beds. They also make "Air" Digital Sleep systems, a sleep product similar to the Sleep Number bed which surrounds air pockets with foam. The company is currently managed by Billy Bowles, son of the original owners.

Strobel Technologies, also from Jeffersonville, IN, has perfected their line of Supple-Pedic mattresses, which use space spring-wire rods and fulcrums to create a system that works like a  teeter-totter to provide excellent support, and according to the owner, Mark Stroeble,  "the lowest surface pressures" of any mattress on the market today. Originally a waterbed maker, the company still makes an upper-end  soft-sided ultra-waveless waterbed mattresses with lumbar support. In an era when many manufacturers add chemicals like boric acid, arsenic, and silicon, formaldehyde to their products to meet national fireproof standards, Strobel mattresses are toxin-free.

Offering bedding accessories, Louisville Bedding Company has grown from its humble roots in 1889 to now having over a million square capacity to produce 14 million pillows and 18 million mattress pads each year in  its US and international facilities. Originally founded by Samuel Cruse as the Louisville Pillow and Mattress Company, it got current name in 1917.  In addition to pillows and mattress pads, the company’s product line include comforters, sheets, and foam pads. Louisville Bedding manufactures for chain stores under national brands like Croscill, Nautical, Beautyrest, and, Deepsleep, and private labels like Sleepsations, SensaLoft, and EcoSmart. The firm was one of the first to make sheet that fit deeper-pocket mattresses with its Expand-A-Grip line. Despite its international scope, 98% of Louisville Bedding products are made in the United States. It is the world’s largest producer of mattress pads. Over 7000 of its 1,000 employees are in Kentucky.

With so many exciting things to do in Louisville, we can get our rest on local products that would be a great addition to your new home.  For information about buying and selling homes in the area contact me, Jessica Gaines, your Louisville real estate resource, today.

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