NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Bedding Inds. of America, the flagship licensee of Eclipse International, will open an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, showroom and distribution center in Rialto, Calif., for mattresses under Eclipse, Saatva, Eastman House, Natural Dreams Pure Talalay, and other brands in the company’s portfolio.
Located at 1798 Linden Ave., the factory will be called BIA WEST and is scheduled to open April 1. It will employ 120 when fully operational and serve retailers in California, Nevada, and part of Arizona.
“A 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 company said.
“With the industry landscape changing and demand for our products so strong, we saw the need for a facility in Southern California to better serve our clients,” Eclipse International President and CEO Stuart Carlitz, said in the release.
“This does not represent a major shift in strategy for us regarding licensing as we have 20 members in our group that provide coast-to-coast capabilities in the U.S. We realize in certain parts of the country where our business is strong, we needed additional manufacturing facilities that allow us to meet demand in a timely manner.”
Carlitz, said for the first time in the company’s history, demand is outpacing capacity and Eclipse expects that strong demand “to continue well into 2021 and beyond.”
“With the assistance of Leggett & Platt and their global systems group, we were able to design a state-of-the-art lean manufacturing facility in Southern California.”
The area of San Bernardino County where the new plant is located has a rich history in bedding manufacturing, according to Carlitz, so there is an experienced work force to tap into.