By Liz White, UT staffAtlanta, Georgia-Simmons Bedding Co. added its name to the list of North American bedding firms who are suffering from shortfalls in foam supply following the recent hurricanes. The list also includes Select Comfort Corp., Sealy Inc. and La-Z-Boy Inc. In contrast Tempur-Pedic, which makes its own foam, has stated that it is not experiencing or expecting any foam shortages or supply disruptions. Mattress producer Simmons Bedding announced 5 Oct that two of its key suppliers of polyurethane foam have put customers, including Simmons, on notice of allocation. The situation follows limited availability of TDI (toluene diisocyanate) in the US, as a result of effects of the recent hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast region, said Simmons. Charlie Eitel, chairman and ceo of Simmons Bedding, said, “As a result of our just-in-time manufacturing process, we maintain minimal inventory of polyurethane foam. We are currently evaluating and implementing contingency plans to minimise disruption to our business. Eitel added that the group expects to modify production schedules at various plants according to availability of supply. He also stressed that Simmons Bedding expects minimal disruption to its branded products, which form the majority of sales, and that the problems will be resolved rapidly. “We believe that any potential production delays will be for a limited period of time, with no long-term impact on our business,” Eitel concluded. Atlanta-based Simmons Bedding is major mattress manufacturer with 17 conventional bedding plants and three juvenile bedding facilities across the US and Puerto Rico. “
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