King Koil Will Open a New State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility in Arizona
Plant will make products to serve western retail partners
PHOENIX, AZ and WILLOWBROOK, IL (February 28, 2018) — Leading mattress manufacturer King Koil has taken the next step in building out its domestic manufacturing platform with the announcement of a new 90,000-square-foot factory located in the Phoenix suburb of Avondale, Ariz. It is expected to start operations in April to serve King Koil’s Western retail partners.
The U.S. based company plans initially to employ 50 people at the site, which will service retail partners in Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
“We are excited to bring King Koil’s 120 year history of U.S. manufactured mattresses to Arizona. This new King Koil factory is a key component of our new direct-to-retail manufacturing strategy,” said David Binke, chief executive officer of King Koil. “Designed and outfitted with the latest machinery in the bedding industry, the Arizona factory will enhance our efficiency as we continue to implement our new platform. By controlling our own manufacturing base, we’ll be able to be respond faster to our retail partners’ needs.”
In addition to the manufacturing footprint, the factory will include offices for plant management and customer service teams, as well as a sophisticated audio-visual conference room to conduct business. A 2,500-square-foot showroom located within the facility will allow King Koil to showcase the entire national product lineup to its retail partners.
“I am proud to have the City of Avondale chosen as home to King Koil’s first owned and operated manufacturing facility. King Koil strives to be “Best in Class” in the mattress industry. That commitment and vision runs parallel to Avondale’s commitment to our residents and businesses,” said Avondale Mayor, Kenn Weise. “We know King Koil will be a quality manufacturer offering great jobs to Avondale residents and the West Valley.”
King Koil announced earlier this year its plans to shift its domestic business model from a licensing structure to a direct-to-retail manufacturing strategy. As part of the change, the company formed a strategic partnership with long-time licensee Blue Bell Mattress in Michigan and Connecticut, that will continue to service King Koil retail partners in the East and Midwest with the company’s product.
“Manufacturing and distribution is a thriving industry base for Greater Phoenix, and King Koil’s expansion to Avondale will allow them to grow their model to make and directly distribute their product to their consumers,” said Chris Camacho, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “Their new all-in-one facility will allow them to reach a large number of their consumers, thanks to the location they have selected, and we look forward to seeing their growth in Greater Phoenix.”
“Once again, Arizona has demonstrated it offers the talent, strategic geographic location and stable, pro-business environment that manufacturing companies are seeking,” said Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority President & CEO. “King Koil’s selection of Arizona is yet another win for the West Valley, and we’re very pleased to welcome them to our state.”
Ken Swinarski, King Koil, (630) 320-3120, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Davis, City of Avondale, (623) 333-1411, email@example.com
Michelle Kauk, GPEC, (602) 481-1459, firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Marie, Arizona Commerce Authority, (602) 845-1201, SusanM@AZcommerce.com
About the Arizona Commerce Authority
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state’s leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit azcommerce.com and follow the ACA on Twitter at @azcommerce.
About King Koil
A leading global mattress manufacturer, King Koil supports more than 30 licensees in more than 90 countries where King Koil mattresses are manufactured and sold. Headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Willowbrook, Ill., the company has a long, rich history that reaches back to 1898 when Samuel Bronstein founded United States Bedding in St. Paul, Minn. What started out as six employees in a small factory has continued to grow. During the 1930s, U.S. Bedding improved the bedspring and was looking for a new name for its product. From there, the King Koil name was born. For more information, visit www.KingKoil.com.
About the City of Avondale
Designated as a 2017 All-America City by the National Civic League, Avondale is home to a variety of cultural, recreational and entertainment amenities, including ISM Raceway, which hosts two NASCAR races and one Indy car race each year. If you move to Avondale, there will be a welcoming community waiting to support you and your family. If you bring your business to Avondale, you will find an environment that will stimulate success and a community ready to be your first customers. If you invest in Avondale, you have chosen a financially stable, well-run city that has proven it is a solid investment for the future. Avondale is Aspiring, Achieving, Accelerating. www.avondaleaz.gov
About the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)
A true public-private partnership, GPEC is the regional economic development organization for Greater Phoenix. Working with its 22 member communities, Maricopa County and more than 160 private investors, GPEC attracts quality businesses to this dynamic region. By creating a high-performance economy through capital investments and jobs, Greater Phoenix companies enjoy a business climate where they can compete and thrive in today's global economy. Since 1989, GPEC has worked to achieve an economically sound and sustainable region. For more information, visit www.gpec.org.