NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Two longtime bedding industry executives have joined Bedding Industries of America, the largest Eclipse International licensee, to manage operations, manufacturing, sales and business development for the company’s planned West Coast facility in Southern California.
Michael Moore has been named director of sales, licensing and new business development, and Mike Mulligan has been tapped as director of operations and manufacturing. They will manage the growth out of the 80,000-square-foot factory set to open in April in Rialto, Calif.
In his new role, Moore is responsible for sales management and new product development. Mulligan will oversee factory operations, personnel and all aspects of raw material management. Both will work closely with Stuart Carlitz, president and CEO of Eclipse International and BIA.
With nearly 70 years of experience in the mattress industry between them, both men have previously worked for leading bedding and have a network of contacts in the Southern California region.
“Michael and Mike are the dream team of sales and manufacturing leadership in Southern California,” Carlitz said. “We are excited to have them on our team and provide invaluable counsel and support to current and prospective retailers in the region to help them grow and expand their businesses.”
Prior to joining BIA, Moore held a leadership role in the launch of the luxury Chattam & Wells brand. He also served as national sales account manager at Kingsdown and was vice president of national sales for Spring Air.
Mulligan began his career in the mattress industry right out of high school when he accepted a position at a Southern California mattress manufacturer, which over the decades became known as Stress-O-Pedic. He began work on the factory floor 35 years ago, moved into raw material purchasing and then learned its business operations. He then had the opportunity to own the business until it was sold.
Bedding Industries of America West will employ 120 when fully operational and serve retailers in California, Nevada and parts of Arizona.
The multi-million dollar outfitting of the facility will include state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment from Leggett & Platt’s Global Systems Group to showcase the latest in manufacturing innovation and design for the industry. The plant will manufacture all of the company’s brands.