Stuart Carlitz

President CEO BIA - Mattress Manufacturer - Entrepreneur


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BIA, Eclipse and Eastman House Featured by BITAC Bedding Industries of America has signed an agreement with BITAC (Business Interactive Trade Alliance Conference) to participate in their symposiums. BITAC events bring together suppliers (like BIA) with international hospitality and healthcare decision makers with the purpose of developing business relationships. Large, medium and small companies in the above-indicated industries...

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After a multi-year hiatus, BIA returns to Cologne, Germany, and discusses licensing opportunities Stuart Carlitz President, CEO After being absent for several years, Bedding Industries of America successfully returned to Interzum in Cologne, Germany, to discuss licensing opportunities with manufacturers from around the world. Interzum, is the largest show in the world for sourcing machinery and equipment used in the manufacturing of...

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MANUFACTURING and LICENSING Pleasant Mattress, BIA, Jeffco Fibres, Heritage Sleep, Meet in Florida at FT Conference Stuart Carlitz,  President & CEO Summer 2017 With the goal of working on the introduction of a shared national line, Eastman House/Eclipse licensees met in Florida during the Furniture Today Conference. To initiate the dialogue, and to use as an inspiration, BIA executives shared in detail product specs and ticks of...

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Florida Meeting: A National Line? STUART CARLITZ President and CEO E-Brands From Stu Carlitz BIA CEO Friends, industry figures indicate that first quarter 2017 didn’t deliver the desired results. At the FT Bedding Conference, we heard that ISPA reported that in Q1 there was a 4.4% drop in units and 0.1% on wholesale value ($). Nevertheless, I sense that there is consensus that a weak Q1 is not as critical; seasonality shows...

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Russ Bowman, Quality Control Bowman was previously president of sales and market development for Leggett & Platt’s Global Systems Group. A 43-year veteran of the bedding industry, engineer, and expert in textile and mattress machinery, Bowman’s expertise is in total quality management and lean manufacturing. Embracing Best Manufacturing Practices The Why behind the What on Russ Bowman’s Creation of SOP’s...

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President, CEO Friends, I must admit that I am truly excited! The first quarter of 2017 is ending and things couldn’t look any better. Unemployment figures released last week showed a very positive number of 4.7%; interest rates continue to be very low, and consumer confidence looks favorable. With trends like these, the assumption is that 2017 will be a banner year.  For our licensing group, the outlook is also positive....

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Re-launching a Bedding Business in Guatemala with Commitment and Vendor Support Two weeks ago, Oralia Ramirez, the new owner of Industrias Interfom Guatemala visited us at our North Brunswick corporate offices. Oralia didn’t share the reason of her visit prior to her arrival; the only information we received was that she wanted to visit and borrow a few minutes of our time. Admittedly, from the moment Oralia walked into our...

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Rehwinkel A 43-year industry veteran, Rehwinkel has held sales and executive posts with several leading mattress manufacturers including Simmons, Spring Air and Tempur-Pedic, and was executive vice president for bedding retailer Sleepy’s. Tom  Most recently, he served as senior vice president of North American sales at specialty sleep producer Dormeo and national sales manager at Carolina Mattress Guild.   As...

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