Industry Updates part 1
Rubber Match, Inc. Celebrates 30th Anniversary
In a proud statement issued from their company headquarters, Rubber Match, Inc. announced that 2003 is the 30th Anniversary of the founding of their business. The company was started back in 1973, the same year Xerox introduced the color copier. The average American income was $12,965, a new car cost $3,950 and a gallon of gas was only 40 cents. The FDA was hard at work requiring national food labels on all food products.
What Else Happened in 1973?
Women triumphed again in “The Battle of the Sexes” as tennis greats King and Riggs battled it out. King took the victory with straight sets. Viewers everywhere anxiously watched the much publicized event.
Favorite television shows this year included: All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Hawaii Five-0, Maude and Bridget Loves Bernie. You didn’t see as many diet pill commercials on TV; the FDA recalled all diet drugs containing amphetamines.
Yes, when you think about it, things have changed a lot in 30 years. But, after all this time there are some things which have remained the same.
One good thing is that Rubber Match, Inc. is still around and thriving after 30 years of hard work and lots of dedication by everyone involved… and most importantly, caring about customers who helped them reach this milestone.
Rubber Match, Inc. is located in New Haven, CT, is owned and operated by George Zito.
Night and Day Furniture Adds Shoefittings ‘Bronze’
Night and Day Furniture has now added the Snapper (snap-on assembly and front operation) to their standard wood futon frames as well as to their popular rattan line.
“The great demand for Shoefittings, beyond just our premium line made this an obvious next step for us”, said Mike Gallawa. And to keep the concept simple Mike is calling Snapper (on its own) Shoefittings Bronze. “The full Shoefittings system (with both Snapper and Sea Horse) is Shoefittings Gold,” he said.
Okay, that’s easy but isn’t something missing here?
“You are right! Silver! Stay tuned,” added Gallawa.
Big Tree Futon Expands Reach With New Greensboro Distribution Center
Big Tree Futon and Big Sleep of Commerce, CA recently opened a new Greensboro, NC distribution facility rounding out a strong presence on the East Coast. “We opened our Lancaster, PA distribution facility last August, and have followed that up with this new warehouse in Greensboro,” said company representative Bob Pecoraro. Big Tree is one of only a few major manufacturers still producing product here in the United States, as well as being a major importer of futon sofa sleepers, mattresses, bedroom furniture, casegoods and accessories.
Big Tree is also about to move into a new corporate office facility, where they will continue to design and produce products for their growing number of specialty, traditional, and club store customers.
“We are also moving into a larger showroom for this fall’s High Point market,” Pecoraro said. The new 3,300 square foot space at #217 Centerpoint is almost double the size of the firm’s former space in the same building. “We are very excited about bringing our brand of products to this new showroom,” he said.
The company has a long history of developing and producing fine wooden futon sofa sleepers and matching chairs and accessories, and is also bringing a full line of softgoods to market as well. “We have always sought to be a full line supplier,” Pecoraro said. “Originality, quality and value being at the core of everything we do.”
Strata, SIS Futon Covers & Otis Bed Align At Tupelo
Strata Furniture, a leading futon sofa sleeper manufacturer, S.I.S. Futon Covers, a major supplier of futon covers, and Otis Bed, a manufacturer of high end futon and traditional mattresses, displayed their products together at the Tupelo Furniture Market in Tupelo, Mississippi during the August 21-24 summer market.
John Christiansen of S.I.S. Futon Covers, Karen Day of Otis Bed, and Brian Donohoo and Catherine Serie of Strata Furniture marketed their products there for the first time as a group.
“Our antiqued black painted Adriana, our fully back enclosed futon frame, was shown with S.I.S. Futon Cover’s “Rainforest” and one of Otis Bed’s “Luxury” futon mattresses,” said Brian Donohoo of Strata. “The ensemble was extremely well received,” he said. Buyers commented on how the total package looked like a traditional sofa and were amazed that it was a futon sofa sleeper.
“It was great showing with S.I.S. and Otis Bed,” said Donohoo. “Their product, quality and presentation works well with our sofa bed convertibles.”