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Latex International and Hickory Springs Collaborate in a Distribution Agreement 


February 23, 2009 - Latex International (LI), the exclusive U.S-based Talalay latex producer and largest supplier of latex mattress components in North America, and Hickory Springs, a leading manufacturer of polyurethane and innerspring products for the bedding industry, have signed a national latex distribution agreement.


The distribution agreement is in effect immediately. Hickory Springs will stock, promote, and distribute Latex International’s key Talalay latex products across the country, including specialty items such as Celsion® temperature regulating latex, NuForm® progressive recovery latex, and EverCloud® quiltable latex.


“Our joint commitment to innovation, combined with Hickory’s large number of plants provides a great opportunity to provide even better service to smaller mattress manufacturers across North America. This relationship will help many mattress plants better manage their supply chain which is especially beneficial in a challenging economy where all manufacturers and retailers are facing headwinds,” stated Kevin Coleman, President and CEO of Latex International.


“Latex International produces the highest quality latex foam in the world. This technology complements our vast portfolio of polyurethane and innerspring products and enables Hickory to provide our customers a deeper set of sleep solutions. We are excited about the opportunity to work with LI to build innovative specialty sleep products and help grow our business, “ added Don Coleman, President of Hickory Springs.


ABOUT LATEX INTERNATIONAL : Founded over 30 years ago, Latex International is North America’s leading manufacturer of latex foam mattress components and pillows. The company, based in Shelton, CT, with fabrication facilities in Connecticut, Georgia, and California, develops superior sleep products featured under many key retail brand names. Latex International’s Talalay latex provides a unique feel of comfort and support by gently conforming to body contours, while inherently providing a naturally resilient and healthy sleep environment.


ABOUT HICKORY SPRINGS : Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company's corporate headquarters is located in Hickory, North Carolina. The international, privately held company was founded in 1944 as a producer of furniture springs. Over the past 65 years, Hickory Springs has grown into one of the nation’s largest integrated manufacturers supplying the furniture and bedding industries from more than 60 operating facilities throughout the United States. In addition to its core furniture and bedding markets, Hickory Springs serves a growing range of customers in the construction, automotive, packaging, medical, marine and telecommunications industries.


Retailers and manufacturers interested in learning more about product and opportunities from Latex International and Hickory springs should contact: Kevin Stein, Vice President, Marketing and R&D Latex International. 510 River Road, Shelton, CT 06484 USA, 203-924 -0700 x347.


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