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Bowman to Head Quality Control at Eastman House, Eclipse

Bedding Industries of America, parent company of the Eastman House and Eclipse brands, has named former Leggett & Platt executive Russ Bowman to oversee implementation of a companywide quality control and process improvement initiative.

A 43-year veteran of the bedding industry, the company said Bowman’s expertise is in total quality management and lean manufacturing. Since joining the company, Bowman has already written standard operating procedures (SOP) for the online bedding brand Saatva in tandem with the company's factory in New Jersey.

The program will be expanded to include the complete Eastman House and Eclipse International family of products.

Bowman most recently was president of sales and market development for Leggett & Platt's Global Systems Group.

In his new position, Bowman reports to Stuart Carlitz, CEO of Eclipse International and Eastman House.

“Through our SOPs and continuous improvement programs, we’ll be able to ensure consistency and product quality throughout our organization,” Carlitz said. “Russ’ leadership, experience and relationships within the industry will be a great asset to our licensing partners and customers.

Carlitz said quality assurance programs for Saatva, Eastman House and Eclipse are being finalized, and the company plans to send each licensee a standard operating procedures manual and quality assurance portfolio. Bowman will be visiting factories to implement the quality programs.

“We believe our investment in the overall licensing framework will help our partners be more successful and ultimately help us grow the Eclipse and Eastman House brands,” said Carlitz. “By providing excellent support and a strong support organization, we are positioning our licensees to be best in breed in the sleep industry.”

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