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Founded over 35 years ago, Talalay Global is the largest producer of Talalay in the world. Our Talalay material is used in millions of the finest mattresses, pillows and toppers. Currently, there are only two companies capable to produce this incredibly sensitive and highly-technical process sleep; Talalay Global is the only American manufacturer in the United States. Our team is proud to make what is regarded as the finest Talalay in the world. We are driven by our quality standards which improve peoples’ lives every day, and night. Working in close partnership with mattress manufacturers and top retailers we are advancing the reach of latex bedding products around the globe.
OUR PROUD HISTORY
TALALAY GLOBAL WAS FOUNDED IN 1975 BY BILL COFFEY AND STEVE KORDIAK
Talalay Global was literally started in the basement of a local VFW in Connecticut by two friends who worked together and lost their jobs following a devastating factory fire.
With grit, determination, and a lot of support from their families and community, their facility soon grew to 15,000 square feet and produced its first latex pillow within two years.
By 1979, Bill & Steve had established relationships with national mattress manufacturers. In 1985, the company relocated to a 284,000 square foot facility in Ansonia, Connecticut, to support its growing business in mattress cores, furniture cushions, pillows, mattress toppers and cosmetic applicators as well as custom-designed products for industrial sectors such as the automotive industry.
After 18 years of success the company reinvested and rebuilt the worlds’ finest, state-of-the-art facility in Shelton, Connecticut where all of our Talalay is produced today.
This flexible manufacturing facility serves more than 500 retail customers world-wide. The company also operates four custom fabrication sites where the block Talalay is cut, shaped and distributed.
“Our entire organization has been designed to foster ingenuity and creativity from initial product development to finished product & partner support. We are leading the advancement of latex bedding products through the development of innovative Talalay Global formulations, product designs and partner training. Talalay Global puts the power of transparent information in the hands of consumers so they can make informed purchasing decisions. Helping people understand the many differences within the latex world, from cost & quality to sleep benefits, will clarify the “muddy” waters of available latex information and allow consumers to make their best decisions for themselves.”
- Dave Fisher, President & CEO.
MEET OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM
Teamwork is defined in Webster's New World Dictionary as "a joint action by a group of people, in which each person subordinates his or her individual interests and opinions to the unity and efficiency of the group."
Dave has over 25 years of experience, in global manufacturing leadership roles, and an extensive Lean Manufacturing background. He joined Talalay Global as the COO in 2009, after leading the company through a Lean transformation, as a Senior Consultant with Simpler Consulting. Dave was instrumental in upgrading the company’s U.S. and European operations, as well as planning for and developing its Asian growth strategy. Dave has been our CEO since 2010. Prior to Talalay Global, Dave was President and CEO of Crownline Boats, a $150 million leader in the recreational boating industry. He has also held senior executive roles in both the aerospace, and automotive industries.
Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Kimberly joined LI in 2013 with over 20 years of manufacturing experience. Prior to joining LI, Kimberly was Plant Manager for Mueller Water Products Division in Texas, where she spent 16 years driving continual improvement, and transforming the entire Gas Products Division into a “lean culture”. She was the only woman Plant Manager in the Company’s 150-year history, and she was also was awarded “The outstanding leadership award” from her municipality’s economic development council (BEDC),. She has experience in supply chain management, Human Resources, Legal Administration, MIS, Team Building, and customer relations.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Ken is the newest member of the Executive Team who’s role is Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Global Responsibilities over Component and Direct to Retail. Ken has over 30 years experience in the Luxury Consumer Durables categories including Senior Vice President of Jamison Bedding, Vice president of Global Sales and Marketing for Hartmann Luggage, and National Sales Manager for Elizabeth Arden Fragrances. Ken has a passion for branding, superior product, sales organization leadership, and marketing.
Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing
Steve Joined Latex in December 2014
Previously served as CFO at Ansonia Copper & Brass; Took the company through two sales and drove multiple refinancing. Initially joined as Treasurer, with responsibilities expanding to include all financial activities, including purchasing. Additionally, spent 14 years with Rolls-Royce plc where the foundation of his career was built at this world top three global aerospace manufacturer. Included 5 years seconded to International Aero Engines in Glastonbury, CT, in a 5-partner, 5-country international collaboration. Mr. Turner has 25+ years of financial experience in the manufacturing sector and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant
Vice-President of Finance
Talalay Global is based on a very simple concept.
Make a TALALAY mattress offering that would provide the BEST SLEEP EXPERIENCE in the WORLD.
Here at Headquarters in Shelton, Connecticut every employee knows that they are changing lives, one story at a time.
Once you have slept on a TALALAY mattress, you will forever more be a believer and look forward to the haven of your bedroom every night. It will be the most uplifting sleep experience you have ever had!
Latex is defined as: Any of several natural or synthetic colloidal polymers suspended in an aqueous solution. Basically: rubber particles in water
Harvested from rubber trees much like maple syrup is harvested...
Latex is rubber, NOT plastic.
All mattress components and pillows from Talalay Global are 100% Talalay latex. We use a proprietary blend of natural and synthetic latex to provide the optimal balance of comfort and durability.
Made in the USA
Our products are manufactured with pride in the USA, ensuring the highest product quality standards throughout the manufacturing process.
Our Talalay breathes up to 7x better than other latex or foams for cooler sleep. One of the fastest growing concerns with bedding today is sleeping hot. This is a legitimate concern because not only is it uncomfortable, sleeping too hot interrupts the quality of our sleep as we continuously move to find a cooler spot. This can occur from both mattresses and pillows. The heightened awareness of sleeping hot is primarily due to increased use of Memory Foam in mattresses. Memory Foam has a collapsible cell structure that traps body heat and radiates it back at us resulting in uncomfortable perspiration.
Talalay is sometimes confused with Memory Foam because of extensive Memory Foam advertising. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Talalay rubber cell structure resists collapsing and allows air to circulate. This breath-ability whisks away our body heat preventing mattresses and pillows from becoming an oven. Talalay Global has gone one step further and developed Talalay Celsion which is a unique formulation of Talalay with special phase change properties. Talalay Celsion actually helps regulate the consistency of body temperature for a temperature neutral sleeping experience.
Our Talalay is inherently resistant to Mold, Mildew, bacteria, and Dust Mite resistant. Most people don’t consider their mattress as a contributing source for respiratory problems and allergic reactions. We think of our bed as a “safe haven”. The reality can be much more disturbing.
We shed millions of microscopic skin cells and perspire nearly 1 pint of water every night. The microscopic skin cells and water vapor fall through the weave of our linens and mattress cover landing on the cushioning layers below where they become a food and water source for mold, mildew, bacteria and dust mites- it can’t be avoided, and it's gross.
Whether your “landing pad” cushion layer is hospitable to these infestations is the controlling factor to the amount of hazardous dust created from your mattress & pillow. Foams such as Memory Foam & Polyurethane Foam are environments where these contaminants thrive, so if they compose the top cushion layers of your mattress you may have a problem. Independent testing shows that our Talalay is inherently resistant to mold, mildew & bacteria proof- these organisms simply won’t grow on it. Furthermore, it’s dust mite resistant so these critters will prefer to be elsewhere, not right next to your face as you sleep. Zero cases of allergic reactions to Talalay Global products have been reported. Talalay Global has been making Talalay pillows and mattress components for over 35 years. Every year millions of products are sold using Talalay Global Talalay. The FDA tracks allergic reactions to latex products in the USA. Not once has there been a report of an allergic reaction attributed to any of our Talalay products.
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 (link to oeko website) is the leading global testing and certification process that ensures textile materials and home furnishing products do not contain harmful substances or pose a health risk to consumers. Very few latex or foam producers in the world meet the standards of this independent, third-party certification.
All our Talalay Latex products are certified OEKO-TEX Class 100.
This means that our products do not contain allergenic materials that form carcinogenic arylamines of the MAK-groups III A1 and III A2 (see the Oeko-Tex website for a list of chemicals included in these groups, link to oeko), pesticides and chlorinated phenoles, heavy metals or formaldehyde.
Our Talalay also meets the standard for skin friendly pH and is free from chloro-organic carriers and biologically active finishes. In other words, our Talalay is the healthiest material you can sleep on.
At Talalay Global WE are RESPONSIBLE:
ENERGY: Our control systems and state of the art automation allow us to optimize energy usage at every step of the Talalay process.
EMISSIONS: Our manufacturing facility does not emit any harmful elements into the air. Our finished products don't emit harmful vapors. Our Talalay, unlike memory foam, does not off-gas any harmful chemicals.
SUSTAINABILITY: Talalay Global uses millions of gallons of natural latex each year. Natural latex is harvested from trees that help “scrub” excess carbon from our air.
All of our Talalay products are made with Natural Talalay Latex Rubber, which starts as sap from the Havea brasiliensis tree. These rubber trees have a 25 year productive life and a strong positive effect on the environment as they quickly absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help reduce greenhouse emissions.
Our Talalay process features natural, biodegradable ingredients that come from renewable resources and water-based raw materials: natural latex, air, and water. Our process does not use solvents and does not damage the ozone layer. Our clean and green approach carries through to our end products: Talalay contains no toxic chemicals while standard Poly Foam and Memory Foam (visco) can contain as many as seven toxic chemicals*
*Poly Foam and Visco Foam may contain up to seven toxic chemicals: Tetrachoroethane, acetone, and dimethylformamide, Methyl benzene, Methylene dianiline, toluene-neoprene and Vinilideine chloride, one non-toxic chemical - diphenyl diisocyanate, and one natural material (water.) Synthetic Latex has 5 non-toxic chemicals (2-chloro-1–3-butadiene, diphenyl diisocyanate, metallic oxides, Phenol-melamine resins, sulfur, Tellerium) and 1 natural material (water.) 100% Natural Latex has 6 non-toxic chemicals (acrylate resins, diphenyl diisocyanate, Phenol-melamine resins, Phenol-urea, Polyvinyl acetate and waxes styrene- butadiene copolymer) and 3 natural materials (fats, hevea brasiliensis milk, and water.)
Talalay Global offer an odor free product. Unlike memory or polyurethane foam Talalay does not off gas.
LATEX MANUFACTURING PROCESSES:
The terms “Talalay” and “Dunlop” refer to the two different methods of manufacturing Latex Rubber for sleep products. The Dunlop process was developed in 1929. It was the first method used to produce latex material for bedding.
As technology progressed, the Talalay process was developed by the Talalay family during World War II. The Talalay process for producing latex is significantly more complex and costly, resulting in softer, more buoyant and luxurious finished products.
MAKING LATEX - LATEX FORMULAS
Both Talalay and Dunlop processes start with a formula mixture of liquid latex.
Note: there are small amounts of other materials required for processing liquid latex into solid form which are necessary for all latex production. (ingredients & amounts are proprietary)
Talalay Global - Talalay is produced using only 100% Natural or Blended formulations to meet optimum quality standards.
1. Liquid latex formulation is poured into a mold and sealed closed
2. Vacuum is created to disperse liquid latex throughout mold
3. Liquid latex is flash frozen
4. Frozen latex is flash heated to “gel” into permanent solid form
5. Cooled solid latex is removed from mold
1. Liquid latex formulation is poured onto a long conveyor belt
2. Liquid latex is slowly heated to “gel” into permanent solid form
3. Cooled solid latex is removed from conveyor belt
THE DIFFERENCE IN PROCESSING ARE THE TWO ADDITIONAL STEPS THAT OCCUR WITH TALALAY PROCESS - #2 VACUUM & #3 FREEZE.
#2 Vacuum – This allows any amount of latex to be evenly distributed throughout the mold creating precise and varied firmness with the finished latex. The more liquid latex that’s poured into the mold the firmer the resulting solid latex. Therefore, if less liquid latex is used, a softer more supple piece of latex results. This differs from Dunlop in that Dunlop process has very little ability to vary the firmness or feel of the finished solid product while maintaining its structural integrity. The liquid formula is poured onto a belt and you get the same, dense piece of latex every time. The only way to soften the feel of Dunlop latex is to add “fillers” into the liquid latex formula which result in solid latex that is flaky and breaks down quickly.
#3 Flash Freeze – This provides Talalay with its uniquely consistent characteristic. Liquid latex is a suspension of rubber particles in water, like a shaken snow globe. Flash freezing prevents the latex particles from settling to the bottom while gelling into a solid product. This means that the resulting piece of solid Talalay latex has the same consistent feel from top to bottom.
This differs from Dunlop because Dunlop process does not utilize a freeze step. Therefore, the rubber particles settle to the bottom while the liquid latex is gelling into a solid form, like a snow globe, resulting in a variation of feel from top to bottom. This is not recognizable if the Dunlop latex is used as a bottom layer of a mattress but can cause problems if Dunlop pieces are used for pillows or as top layers of a mattress.
MAKING LATEX – MANUFACTURING PROCESSES
The Talalay process takes four times longer than Dunlop with two additional process steps that improve the consistency, quality and feel of the finished latex.
A simple analogy: Talalay latex is like a chocolate soufflé; although the process is long, your end product is a buoyant, airy, complex delight. Dunlop latex is more like a tray of brownies; tasty, but dense and flat in comparison.
WHAT MAKES TALALAY SO SPECIAL?
Our commitment to perfection:
From the selection and mixing of raw materials to final product testing and assembly, our entire manufacturing facility utilizes the latest technology to create the most supple, resilient and comfortable Talalay sleep products in the world.
Talalay latex is the premier material in bedding. Our Talalay delivers a unique buoyant quality which relaxes muscles and relieves tension, lifting away the pressures of the day while you sleep. Careful attention to detail at every step makes certain this amazing feel comes through in the finished product.
To help understand what makes our Talalay so exceptional, think of an artisan chef creating a light and airy chocolate soufflé.
Start with the best ingredients - We utilize only the highest quality natural and synthetic latex and never introduce fillers that can degrade the feel and durability of our products.
Unlike other latex manufacturers, Talalay Global filters the liquid latex to remove any large particles that might affect the consistency and durability of our end products. It you think of Talalay like a soufflé, it’s pretty clear that using powdered eggs isn’t going to suffice- you need real, farm fresh eggs!
Use the best recipe – Next, we mix our premium ingredients into a liquid latex formula or “batter”. Creating different formulas of liquid latex “batter”, we meet specific customer requests for 100% natural or more commonly used blended natural/synthetic latex recipes. Think dark chocolate vs, milk chocolate- it’s a matter of personal taste and desired product attributes.
Measure Carefully- As any great baker knows, if you don’t measure correctly the soufflé will fail. Our advanced, state of the art automated systems control both the mix of the batter and the precise amount poured into each mold to attain specific results every time.
Test for Perfection - Once the process is complete, every mattress core is robotically tested in 9 areas to assure a consistent feel from head to toe. Each pillow is individually weighed and hand inspected.
Share the Results - Even the best ingredients and the finest materials can be used poorly. To assure great finished products, we follow through by sharing knowledge with our retail and manufacturing partners. Together, we design and deliver finished pillows, mattress toppers and mattresses that bring the uplifting benefits of Talalay to the surface.
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