The Spears Family Partners with Eclipse and Eastman House to Launch Heritage Sleep Concepts
Industry veterans Terry Spears and Stuart Carlitz have joined two bedding legacies to launch Heritage Sleep Concepts, serving the critical interests of mattress and bedding retailers throughout the South. A new company with strong roots within the bedding industry, Heritage Sleep Concepts is the convergence a family mattress business steeped in decades of tradition.“This is more than the usual licensing arrangement to engage in business,” Spears explains. “This is a new 'partnership' of experienced professionals, bringing two bedding teams together, to address the needs of retailers my family has served for decades.”The new company is owned and operated by the Spears family, who previously founded and ran Spears Mattress Company, alongside highly qualified mattress veterans that boast over 30 years of experience. This team has previously developed many of the successful mattress products that were sold throughout the South, helping key independent dealers to strengthen their entire sleep gallery programs over a 20-year period.Teaming up with Carlitz, President and CEO of Bedding Industries of America (BIA) and manufacturer of Eastman House and Eclipse, was a perfect combination, according to Spears. Founded in 1866, Eastman House has expanded into a nationally recognized brand over the years, expanding to include such recognized, high-quality industry brands as Chittenden, Airloom and Dormir Sleep Products. In 2007, the company was acquired by Carlitz’s Mattress Development Corporation, the licensing and marketing arm of Eclipse, Eastman House, Ernest Hemingway and BIA worldwide brands of mattresses. Founded in 1905, Eclipse International is known for combining the brand’s clinically-tested, proprietary and patented mattress component technologies to create high-value mattresses which improve sleep quality, reduce back and neck pain and stiffness. Today Eclipse has expanded to include 21 factories serving six continents.