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Hickory Springs Introduces CertiPUR-US Foam

 

March 11, 2009 - “Some companies lead.  Some follow.  We’re proud that Hickory Springs has been and remains the leader in flexible polyurethane foam technology.”  With those outspoken words still reverberating from the lips of Company President Don Coleman, the vertically integrated Hickory-N.C.-based corporation announces yet another innovation.  Though not of its own creation, Hickory Springs is among the first domestic foam producers to bring CertiPUR-USCM compliant foam to the domestic market.

 

“The concept of CertiPUR-US is simple,” says Hickory Springs VP Bobby Bush.  “By complying with this voluntary program, we can confirm to customers and consumers that we have taken proactive measures to verify that our foam not only provides durable comfort but is produced in a responsible, user-friendly manner.”

 

CertiPUR originated in Europe in 2004.  With very few alterations other than translation, the American version, CertiPUR-US, is open to all manufacturers of flexible polyurethane foam selling product in the US. 

The CertiPUR-US certification process involves intense foam testing, including head gas and chemical breakdown analysis. It also involves signed affirmation that CertiPUR-US-prohibited ingredients, such as ozone-depleting CFCs, PBDE fire retardants, lead, mercury and other materials of concern, are not being utilized in the foaming process.

 

“The CertiPUR-US label is something Hickory Springs is proud of” exclaims Executive VP of Marketing Dwayne Welch. “We see the program as added value, offering our customers – and theirs – peace of mind. In addition, it complements our on-going company-wide environmental responsibility and sustainability efforts.”

 

Hickory Springs is one of several founding members of the CertiPUR-US program, which was officially introduced by the Polyurethane Foam Association earlier this year and is now operated under the auspices of the Alliance of Flexible Polyurethane Foam (AFPF), of which Bush is chairman.

 

“We see this as the foam industry’s best route for the future,” says Bush. With guidance from a diverse AFPF Advisory Panel, CertiPUR-US will remain “vital, adjusting to new concerns and incorporating developing science in every aspect of foam and the foaming process.” He continues, “I’m excited about the possibilities.  This program not only levels the field, no matter where the foam is produced, but it also establishes a level of verified quality control and product safety that the industry has never had before.”

 

More information on this global product analysis, evaluation and certification program can be found at www.certipur.us.

 

Learn more about Hickory Springs’ environmental responsibility at www.hickorysprings.com/2008/Environmental.html and www.preservefoam.com.

 

Interested manufacturers and retailers should contact: Dwayne Welch, Executive VP of Marketing Dwayne Welch 828-328-2201 ext. 3382 or email: dewelch@hickorysprings.com.

 

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