The idea of The Original Mattress Factory was conceived by Ron Trzcinski a few months after he left The Ohio Mattress Company. At the time, Ohio Mattress was the world’s largest producer of mattresses and box springs and marketed their products under the brand names of Sealy and Stearns & Foster. Ron decided to resign from his position as President and Chief Operating Officer in late 1988 as the company was about to be sold to investors in a leveraged buyout. Although the new owners asked Ron to stay, he had no desire to be a part of their “cash is king” philosophy.
After giving the idea some serious thought, Ron decided that he could best fulfill his goals by creating his own mattress company. He met with two former colleagues: Perry Doerman, Secretary and Treasurer of Ohio Mattress and Larry Carlson, Vice-President of Manufacturing at Sealy’s Medina plant. Together, they formed The Original Mattress Factory and opened their first location in Cleveland, Ohio in June 1990. At that time, the company was made up of just five employees: three manufacturing employees and two part-time sales people. Approximately one year later, Doug Stroup, President of Upholstery at Stearns & Foster, became a fourth partner. Since then, The Original Mattress Factory has grown by leaps and bounds and now has 11 factories, over 100 showrooms and more than 400 employees. Despite these changes, we have stayed true to our original Mission Statement and Philosophy and continue to strive for excellence in all that we do.