Latexco US announces major western expansion

LAVONIA, Ga. — Latexco US, a producer of latex and foam products for the bedding industry, will relocate and double the size of its Western U.S. production center and capacity to keep pace with strong growth, officials said.

At an industry event at its East Coast production center and headquarters here, officials outlined details of the company’s western expansion.

They said a new 100,000-square-foot facility in Phoenix will produce polyurethane and latex foam, providing a significant increase in product assortment and service options to customers. The new facilities include state-of-the-art mattress and topper fabrication and fulfillment capabilities, being added in response to customers’ growing demands and service needs, officials said.

The western operation has been located in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., since 2006, and it has served as a distribution and fabrication facility.

“Our expansion plans completed over the past year and continuing into the next year represent an investment of $12 million to meet both the needs of our valued customers and the demand and opportunities we see on the horizon in our business segments,” said Ben Ducatteeuw, CEO of Latexco US.

The Phoenix facility will increase and improve polyurethane foam and latex production and offer fully automated mattress assembly. Latexco officials said they expect to complete construction and relocation for operational capabilities in the first quarter of 2019.

“We guarantee our customers that during this transition period production will continue to run smoothly and that we will gradually transform the new building into a one-stop shop,” said Jim Gutierrez, general manager of Latexco West.

The move in the West follows a completed expansion of the eastern facility at Lavonia. The expansion doubled the plant’s square footage and tripled production capacity for both foam and latex, officials said.

That expansion included the installation of Latexco’s newly branded Pulse latex line, produced with the company’s patented SonoCore process, which uses radio frequency technology and dielectric heating instead of conventional steam heating and drying for significant energy reduction and a more eco-friendly manufacturing process, officials said.

“We are immensely proud of our team and their dedication to providing our valued customers uninterrupted quality service as we implement our growth strategies,” Ducatteeuw said. “And we hope that the investments we’re making demonstrate our commitment to both our internal and external customers.”

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