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North Carolina Industry For the Blind 21 Sep 2011 18:43 #1

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We just tried a mattress made at the Industry for the Blind in NC and it seemed to be very comfortable. Do you know anything about it?
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Re: North Carolina Industry For the Blind 21 Sep 2011 20:14 #2

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Hi kbmw94,

I don't know anything about them but I would sure like to :). I looked at their website and it doesn't list any mattresses so I couldn't find out what materials they are using from the site. I will certainly call them to find out more as it is a great idea.

I know there are many mattress manufacturers ... factory direct and wholesale ... as well as foam manufacturers such as NCFI in NC so I don't know if these are actually manufactured by them or are part of or work with another company.

When I find out more I'll certainly share it here and any information you can share about the mattress you tested or about them would certainly be appreciated.

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Re: North Carolina Industry For the Blind 21 Sep 2011 21:56 #3

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The mattress just said "Sleep Green" on it but it looked like a very high quality item. (Queen $999) The salesman, who kept trying to guide us to Tempurpedic, said the memory foam was a density of 4.3. He had my wife lay on a Tempurpedic with a Golf ball under her. He seemed annoyed when I told him that I didn't intend to sleep on golf balls or pay the price for Tempurpedic. He also said his store has an exclusive right to sell this mattress?
My wife has back and neck problems from two previous injuries. 3 herniated discs cause her a lot of discomfort, so we are looking for something that conforms to her body and yet is supportive enough to keep her comfortable throughout the night. She sleeps mostly on her back with early morning sleep on her side. She must also use a knee pillow and good support neck pillow.

What local manufacturers do you like in NC? We weren't real happy with our Park Place (South Carolina) which we are replacing.

Hendersonville, NC
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Re: North Carolina Industry For the Blind 22 Sep 2011 00:06 #4

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Hi kbmw94,

Here are the factory direct manufacturers within 105 miles of you (there were 2 within 104 miles so I thought I'd go to 105 miles :))

www.rockymountainmattress.com Local factory direct manufacturer in Conover. They sell mainly online but if you are local you can test some similar mattresses at Lake Mattress in Mooresville which are made by the same factory and have some similar designs. Has some very good layering and ideas in his memory foam mattresses that are high quality and value ... particularly in the "component beds" section of his site. They are also a member of this site which means that I believe they are among "the best of the best" in terms of quality and value.

www.parkplacecorp.com/showroom Larger Regional manufacturer who normally sells only wholesale but has a showroom in Greenville, SC which sells factory direct. You can see their mattresses at their online factory direct online site www.mattresshero.com/ . You will need to make an appointment first with Jay Orders as it is not a "public" showroom.

www.furniturerow.com/locations/locations...ate=North%20Carolina Johnson City, TN and Charlotte, NC. Regional factory direct manufacturer that has a range of house brand mattresses ... along with some major brands which I would ignore.

www.originalmattress.com/locations Gastonia, Hickory, NC. Regional factory direct manufacturer which carries a range of high value mattresses including 2 latex mattresses and a new memory foam mattress.

www.coltonmattress.com/ Asheville, NC. Local factory direct manufacturer. Makes a range of mattresses including latex, memory foam, and innersprings. They are well worth talking to and visiting if you are within driving distance and are what I call "mattress people.

www.verlo.com/stores/NC/AS Asheville, NC. Regional manufacturer. They also make latex, memory foam, and innerspring mattresses that may have some better quality and value.

dilworthmattressfactory.com/Our_Location.html Charlotte, NC. Local factory direct manufacturer. Makes a range of mattresses including latex, and innersprings.

sleepworldnc.com/ Retailer in Asheville and Arden. They carry Pure Latex Bliss, Anatomic Global, Bed Boss, and Natura and in conversations with Jeff at the Asheville location it's clear they have good knowledge and either he or Amanda at the Arden location would be happy to track down any specs that you need that are available to them.

nestorganics.com/ Asheville. Carry Savvy Rest mattresses which are a high quality "choose your own layer" latex matress that is good quality but not in the best "value" range compared to other very similar mattresses.

The following are NC based regional or national manufacturers which may well be worth a call to see if there are retail outlets near you. I have omitted Park Place as you are already aware of them.

www.spaldin.com/us/en/products These are a smaller National brand but I am very impressed with the openness of the information on their website. May well be worth a call to see if there are any outlets near you that carry them. They are one of the very few polyfoam and memory foam manufacturers that are Okeo-Tex certified (a higher level of certification than CertiPur) and I wish that all national manufacturers had this kind of information on their website although their memory foam is on the low density side.

www.joyasleepsystems.com/contactus.html Another smaller national brand that may be worth a call to see if there is a local outlet. Made by Garmin in Spain

www.bemco.com/map.html#midsouth Regional NC based licensing group which are made by several manufacturers (and may be different in different areas) that may have some outlets near you.

sleepworthy.web.officelive.com/Links.aspx Regional NC based manufacturer which may have outlets near you

carolinamattressguild.com/contact.htm Regional NC based manufacturer which almost certainly has outlets near you

There is some feedback from one of the forum members about a few merchants centered on Asheville, NC here

Overall ... as you probably know if you've had the chance to read some of the recent threads or some of the more detailed information under the mattresses section of the site ... I believe that latex is a better, or at least less risky, alternative than memory foam for those that have back issues. If memory foam is a strong preference ... then I would use the thinnest layer possible to provide good pressure relief with a high quality support core under it.

I would start with the local or factory direct manufacturers on this list and call first to make sure they have mattresses in your price range and that would be appropriate for your circumstances before taking a long drive.

I used Hendersonville as my starting point for mileage but if you go to the Greensboro area where I understand Industries for the blind is located ... then there are others that are reasonably close to that which I didn't include on my list.

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Re: North Carolina Industry For the Blind 23 Sep 2011 14:23 #5

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I received a call from the Industry For the Blind and they are going to provide me with more info
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Re: North Carolina Industry For the Blind 23 Sep 2011 17:30 #6

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Hi kbmw94,

I talked with Mark today (who I understand talked with you as well) and got some clarification about what they manufacture and where they are available. I was originally looking at North Carolina industries "of" the blind website which doesn't make mattresses. www.wsifb.com/about-us/locations.html is the one which makes mattresses.

They primarily make their mattresses for retail outlets and for institutional and government customers but they do have one factory direct outlet right next to their factory in Winston Salem which sells directly to consumers. Everywhere else they are only sold through retail outlets that are not a part of WSIFB itself. Each retail outlet would decide which of their mattresses they carried and of course they would sell other mattresses as well.

They typically make the "old fashioned" mattresses made of innersprings and natural fibers on top and these are what are on the floor in their factory direct outlet. They will also however make memory foam mattresses on request for a customer at that outlet or for retail outlets (or other wholesale buyers). He told me that they are more than happy to let customers know the details of what is in all their mattresses. I've added them to my list so if anyone in the Winston Salem area is looking for a factory direct manufacturer .... I can let them know.

That explains too perhaps why you were being "steered" towards the Tempurpedics since the retail outlet you were at was not connected to WSIFB and would likely make a higher profit on the Tempurpedic. The factory direct outlet in Winston Salem wouldn't carry any other brand names and only sells or makes their own brand.

Thanks again for letting me know that they existed :)

Phoenix.
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Re: North Carolina Industry For the Blind 24 Sep 2011 14:39 #7

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I want to thank you for the websites that you sent to me. I have real legitimate choices and competent mattress dealers to work with now. Equally important I no longer have to deal with the mentality of the substandard, commission based sales people pushing their agenda. I have learned a lot and I thank you.

Update on Industry For the Blind foam mattresses.

I have learned that these mattresses are not made in Winston-Salem but are imported from China and rebranded as part of the Industry For the Blind's business model. Their construction consist of a 3" top layer of 3.0 lbs 15 ild Visco foam and a 7" base layer of 2.2 lbs 30 ild foam.
Last Edit: 25 Sep 2011 16:41 by kbmw94.
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