About a week ago, I wrote about how Purple Innovation Inc. is building a plant near Atlanta to make its urethane-based foam mattresses.
Now one of its competitors, China-based Healthcare Co. Ltd., which sells the Mlily-brand "memory foam" mattresses, announced it has leased nearly 650,000 square feet of manufacturing space near Phoenix for its second U.S. factory.
It expects to employ 300 in Arizona. The Phoenix site joins another Mlily plant in Winnsboro, S.C., that opened in late 2019.
It's a booming year for mattresses, with imports to the U.S. up 39 percent in the first six months of 2020 to 8.8 million mattresses, according to our sister publication Urethanes Technology International. Production of those mattresses has been shifting away from China to regions such as Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia in addition to new production in the U.S.
Purple Innovation, based in Lehi, Utah, said its sales climbed 54 percent in the first half of 2020.
Why all the growth? Most likely, the coronavirus pandemic. With travel plans canceled, people are staying home and putting their vacation dollars into items like decks, pools and beds instead.