Ten years ago, Ben Folkins was a small business owner in Crossville, Tennessee, running a successful retail mattress store. Recognizing the success of some of the large brand-name manufacturers, and seeing a trend toward increasingly expensive bedding, Ben had a thought: What if he could produce a mattress of equal quality to some of the best on the market, but do it at a cost far below what anyone else was producing? Instinctively, he knew the answer would come not just in a superior mattress, but in superior logistics and distribution technology.
Half a world away, a young Chinese graduate student, James Ni, was preparing to put his degree in machinery to work. In the course of his studies, James had become fascinated by some emerging technologies in mattress design and manufacture. In particular, he noticed that manufacturing methods for memory foam created expensive, unnecessary waste. What if he could design quality machinery that would eliminate some of the inefficiencies in memory foam production? What if he could improve on the current quality while simultaneously reducing its cost of production?
Over the years, Ben’s U.S. mattress distribution grew. Relentless in his pursuit of improved logistics, he streamlined delivery systems. He worked tirelessly to understand the needs of the small business retailer. How do we get it there faster, cheaper and more reliably than our competitor? How do we best respond to our dealers’ needs? How do we help the small business owner profit and grow? These are the questions that keep Ben Folkins awake at night.
Meanwhile, James Ni’s little factory in a little village in a tranquil corner of Jiansu Province quietly exploded into the largest memory foam producer in China. James’ vision for improved machinery wasn’t just a good idea. Instead, it created a virtual revolution in memory foam production. Today, James owns several worldwide patents on various memory foam manufacturing and cutting machines. His designs are used by the finest production facilities throughout Asia and Europe.
To be sure, James’ innovations have brought him financial success. Much in James’ world has changed over the last ten years. But one thing hasn’t: he still goes to bed each night with the questions of a graduate student dreaming of a better tomorrow – How can I continue to improve the quality of my product? What else can I do to lower the cost? What more can I do to provide a quality environment for my workers? What more can I do to produce a product the consumer will love and the retailer can easily sell?
In the fourth quarter of 2011, James Ni and Ben Folkins met to discuss an intriguing idea: What if they pooled their resources? What if the entire process were streamlined to cut out as much waste as possible between the factory and the showroom floor? What if one could build the Mercedes Benz of mattresses but so streamline the production and delivery process that it could be delivered at a Toyota price? The result: MLILY USA!
Today MLILY USA doesn’t just deliver one of the highest quality bedding lines in the world, but it does so faster, cheaper and more efficiently that any of its rivals. With distribution centers across the country, about 90% of retail showrooms nationwide can be served in 72 hours or less. We don’t just construct another mattress. Instead, we create relationships with our retail partners to deliver an unparalleled affordable, high-quality sleep experience for their customers.
MLILY in it’s native Mandarin is translated Meng Baihe, or Lily in a dream. The lily is an international symbol of prosperity, unity, and success, while Meng is the word for dream. It is a fitting name for a company birthed in the dreams of two men. Each dedicated to creating a brand that allows its distributors and customers to live more balanced and prosperous lives.
Mattress Tech was founded in 2012 by two industry veterans with over eighty years of experience in manufacturing, developing, and selling mattresses. The owners have a family heritage of producing quality mattresses since 1925. Their mattresses are designed to exceed the industry standard at every level. The owners are “Hands On” in every aspect of the business. They manufacture mattresses the “Old Fashioned” way.
Mattress Tech is an American company based in Thomasville, North Carolina. The company manufactures multiple brands of mattresses that are sold at a selective group of retailers. Timeless Bedding, Body Tech, Spinal Tech, and Cheswick Manor are among the company’s main brand names. Whichever brand you select, rest assured, it has the stamp of approval directly from the ownership.
Pride and passion are the driving forces behind Mattress Tech. The owners are driven to manufacture products with a vision towards detail and quality. No corners are cut at Mattress Tech. Just like the previous generations of mattress makers, this generation of Mattress Tech continues to uphold the tradition of making quality products with integrity.
Whether it is a mattress for the guest room or the master bedroom, Mattress Tech offers a large selection of quality sleep products that fulfill any comfort and lifestyle. Mattress Tech has the optimal sleep system for a healthy and rejuvenating good night’s sleep.
While the other mattress companies spend millions and millions of dollars on branding their products, Mattress Tech invests in quality materials and skilled craftsmen to manufacture a product that exceeds the expectations of the consumer. That is something both rare and refreshing in today’s marketplace.
Proudly Built in America for 130 Years
Since 1881, we’ve been helping American families sleep better by designing high-quality, trusted mattresses.
It all started in Sealy, TX in 1881. Daniel Haynes, a cotton gin builder, started Sealy by making cotton filled mattresses for friends. In 1889, he invented a machine that compressed cotton. Building upon the machine’s success, he licensed it to others to make mattresses with the name “mattresses from Sealy.”