HICKORY, N.C. — HS2 LLC, a joint venture between Hickory Springs, a division of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., and Harrison Spinks US, has begun domestic production of its Flexecore fabric-encased mattress coil system, which was designed to be environmentally sustainable.
HS2 has the exclusive right to manufacture and distribute Flexecore in North America and Mexico.
The glue-free, high-density fabric-encased coil system previously had only been produced in the United Kingdom by Spinks. Flexecore is now available to North American mattress manufacturers through HS2, and the product is making its North American production debut at Hickory Springs’ bedding plant in Hickory, N.C.
Tim Witherell, vice president and general manager of Hickory Springs bedding products, said, “As hybrid mattress sales continue to grow and consumer eco-consciousness continues to become more and more important, we’re excited to produce this new technology domestically to provide our customers with an industry-leading, sustainably designed solution that offers a greener alternative to traditional foam and fabric encased coil-based mattress constructions.”
The UL Greenguard Gold certified mattress component system uses fine gauge wire and sonically welded fabric in a concertina construction pattern. Flexecore’s volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions are minimal, the companies say, and they anticipate this new approach will improve the economics of mattress recycling and may prevent millions of mattresses from entering landfills.
The innovative technology can be applied to all sectors of the mattress industry and has crossover application in furniture.
HSM has partnered with Spinks since 2012 through the HS2 joint venture, when it began producing microcoil springs in North America.