The Association for Manufacturers, Retailers & Suppliers of Specialty Sleep
“To serve sleep innovators, both manufacturing and retail, by promoting members, product transparency, and education.”
SSA’s vision is to be a trusted authority for consumers on product transparency and education for specialty sleep products.
- The SSA’s Las Vegas Market Showroom provides an essential platform to display and recognize members’ products and services
- Collaboration fosters technological innovation
- Consumers should have access to verifiable information on specialty sleep products
- Fact-based and transparent communication about material content and construction processes adds value and increases trust
- Advances in technology necessitate continual education throughout the supply chain
- Promoting healthful materials and sustainable manufacturing standards is a shared responsibility
Founded in 1995 as the successor organization for the waterbed industry, the SSA today advocates and promotes the full spectrum of bedding solutions. The specialty sector has become much more mainstream and now represents the fastest growing category of all bedding.
Our showroom in LAS VEGAS in Building C1565 is a co-op venue for manufacturers and distributors introducing product to retail bedding stores/departments. Our showroom is always one of the busiest in Las Vegas during the Furniture Market. Our upgraded and expanded website includes a nationwide mattress store search feature. We have a national high visibility public relations program launched which is geared towards promoting Specialty Sleep Products and our members, as well as recruiting new retailer and manufacturing/supplier members.
SSA’s Environmental and Safety Program is one of our product transparency programs. This program was created to promote truth in marketing for products that are marketed with “green” claims. The SSA’s Environmental & Safety Program is a manufacturer self-certification and labeling program designed to provide consumers with material content information about what is inside the mattress and how claims are supported through testing and certification.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Specialty Sleep Association Board of Directors includes:
The Marketing Arm Group
Ergo Customized Comfort
The Bedroom Store
SSA is also pleased to recognize the following individuals and organizations that supported the development of the Environmental & Safety Program through information sharing and by providing additional resources. Special thanks for the strong support from Dow in support of consumer education:
Denny Boyd, Boyd Specialty Sleep
Barry Cik, Naturepedic
Roger Coffey, Latexco West/Sleep Comp West
Bart DeHaerne, Deslee Textiles, USA
Tom Eisenberg, Latex International
Jack Eppolito, Reverie
Scott Frisch, Springs Creative
Anne Kozel, Simmons
Mark Larusso, Jeffco Fibres
Michael Nermon, Ergo Customized Comfort
Kenny Oliver, Jones Fiber Company
Angela Owen, Suite Sleep, Inc.
Mark Quinn, Leggett & Platt
Dale Read, SSA Staff, Cargill Biobased Polyurethanes
Rick Robinson, Spring Air International
Ralph Rossdeutscher, Natura World
Michael Rothbard, Sleep Studio
Umberto Torresan, Dow Polyurethanes
Mithra Weerasinghe, Latex Green
Christine Bushway, Organic Trade Association
Randy Carter, Steelcase
Greg Crawford, Steel Recycling Institute
Michael Deese, Howe & Hutton, Ltd.
Susan Ebaugh, Lilly Management Group
David Farley & Jeff Scorziell, Anatomic Global
William Freeman, Resilient Floor Covering Institute
Al Hodgson & Raja Tannous, Berkeley Analytical
Josh Jacobs, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
Joan Jordan & Margaret Davis, IAPFLO
Bob Luedeka, Polyurethane Foam Association
Joanne Mattiase, Law Office of Joanne E. Mattiase
Susan Inglis, Sustainable Furnishings Council
Kate Lewis & Ron Buckhalt, USDA’s BioPreferred Program
Miles McEvoy & Lorraine Coke, USDA’s NOP
Sam Moore & Dana Dunn, Hohenstein Institutes
Reinhard Oppl, Eurofins
Hardy Poole, National Textiles Association
Ryan Trainer, International Sleep Products Association
Dwayne Welch, Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co.
Don Wright, Wright Labels.