Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Simmons Bedding Comments on Temporary Supply Chain Disruption

ATLANTA - Simmons Bedding Company today announced that two of its key suppliers of polyurethane foam have put their customers, including Simmons Bedding Company, on notice of allocation, due to a limited availability of TDI (toluene diisocyanate) in the United States, a key chemical component of polyurethane foam which is used throughout the bedding industry. The shortage of TDI resulted from the effects of the recent hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast region.

Charlie Eitel, chairman and CEO of Simmons Bedding Company said, "As a result of our just-in-time manufacturing process, we maintain minimal inventory of polyurethane foam. We are currently evaluating and implementing contingency plans to minimize disruption to our business. We anticipate that our production schedules at various plants will be modified according to the availability of supply. We expect minimal disruption to our Beautyrest and BackCare branded products, which are the majority of our sales, and will work closely with our customers to meet their product needs to the degree possible. We believe that any potential production delays will be for a limited period of time, with no long-term impact on our business."

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