Founded in 1991 with only five employees and 5,000 square feet, Neal and Kathy Grigg launched Carolina Mattress Guild a stone’s throw from the heart of America’s furniture capital – Thomasville, North Carolina.
Driven by Neal’s Leggett & Platt executive experience and Kathy’s distinct bedding designs, the company rapidly grew in size and popularity with both consumers and retailers. Never standing still, the once small family of bedding artisans moved into their newly constructed 68,000 sq. foot building, insuring their position as a dominant bedding manufacturer in December of 2000.
Tragically, just 5 weeks later, the company stood in shock outside watching a fire consume the 30 foot ceilings of their new state of the art home.
More resolved than ever, the company regrouped, retooled, and rebuilt literally from the ashes up. They surprised everyone with their presence and products at the very next High Point furniture market in April.
In 2003, having never forgotten that horrific day, the Griggs drew from the tragedy to become the first bedding manufacturer to supply fire retardant mattresses in its historical Fire Shield™ line. Months later, industry juggernauts began following in CMG’s footsteps, producing safer self extinguishing bedding to the applause of families, fire fighters, and fire safety experts across the country.
Carolina Mattress Guild continued to grow and innovate, developing a comprehensive line of bedding and bedding accessories including pillows, pillowcases, innerspring, foam, gel, memory foam, and latex core beds. In 2009, it’s popular and eco-friendly Nature’s Image and Natural Living lines were launched, providing beds with healthy natural ingredients including natural bamboo, organic cotton, wool, silk, hybrid soy foams, and natural rubber latex. Impressive specialty lines like Latex Flex, G-Series, Fresh Touch and Cool Coil would follow in the coming years. CMG opened its second facility in Orlando, Florida in January of 2009, allowing them to more efficiently service retailers of all sizes up and down the east coast with handcrafted Thomasville artisan bedding, dense in features and rich in value.
This family owned and forward driving company continues to innovate and grow to this day, creating new trends in comfort, sleep support, and overall value for retailers and consumers alike. Their commitment to the historically rich and universally recognized standards of Thomasville furniture quality is most clearly exemplified in their company name, Carolina Mattress Guild. Before the days of high speed automation and mass production, guilds were formed by local artisans to protect and maintain the standards of quality for their craft.
Carolina Mattress Guild is a proud member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Click our member badge to the left for more information on the SFC.
We’d like to invite you to see a day in the life of our factory, to see for yourself how one of our mattresses is “born”, built by the people that we call family here in Thomasville, every day. It’s an amazing process and we’re happy to be able to share it with you here, in our “website-home”. Thank you again for the opportunity to build you the best mattresses in the world.