Mattress manufacturer opens local plant

Posted: July 16, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Workers at the area’s newest manufacturing plant might be tempted to sleep on the job.

Dormeo Octaspring’s second facility in the United States opened Monday at 259 Brooke Road in the Fort Collier Industrial Park, just north of Winchester.

Manufacturing director Michael Carter said the plant, which will employ 20 people, will be making mattresses that blend the comforts of both memory foam and springs.

“We take the foam and fashion it into a spring so that it’s living and breathing,” he said in a Monday phone interview. “[That] way the air can flow through it. It really does have true horizontal and vertical air flow.”

Carlynn Felipe, account executive with Steinreich Communications, which is handling Dormeo’s publicity, added, “They’re the first company to have something like that.”

Carter said that while Dormeo opened its first U.S. facility earlier this year in Plano, Texas — its U.S. headquarters — until now the coil had been made only in Belgium.

The Winchester-area plant will send the foam coils to the Texas facility, and will also be making mattresses on site from “start to finish,” Carter said.

“We’ve been bringing in materials and getting some of the staff started,” he said. “We haven’t shipped any product today.”

The company is spending $1 million to get the facility, which was most recently a distribution center for a different company, ready for production.

“We’ve really made a major investment in this building,” Carter said. “We’re just excited about the future and excited about [being] part of the Winchester community.”

He said there are still job openings for machine operators, line support and shipping and receiving positions. He said Axiom Staffing Group in Winchester is helping Dormeo Octaspring fill the 20 positions.

The Winchester facility will ship mattresses from Canada to Florida, according to Carter.

While the Dormeo Octaspring is sold all over the U.S., there are no retail partners in the area, Carter said.

According to the firm’s website, octaspring.com, the product is available at Value City stores in Northern Virginia, as well as Frederick and Hagerstown, Md.

Felipe said the mattress prices range from $1,649 to $2,999.

— Contact Sally Voth at

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