Eclipse, Eastman House tap Bowman to lead process, QC initiative

Erin BergErin Berg | Associate Editor EBerg@furnituretoday.com March 21, 2017 

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NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Bedding Industries of America, the parent company of Eclipse International and Eastman House, have hired seasoned executive Russ Bowman to lead a new process and quality control initiative across both brands Eclipse BowmanBowman was previously president of sales and market development for Leggett & Platt’s Global Systems Group. A 43-year veteran of the bedding industry, engineer, and expert in textile and mattress machinery, Bowman’s expertise is in total quality management and lean manufacturing.

Since joining the company, Bowman has written standard operating procedures (SOP) for the online bedding brand Saatva in tandem with the BIA factory in New Jersey. The program will be expanded to include the complete Eastman House and Eclipse International family of products. In his new position, Bowman reports to Stuart Carlitz, CEO of Eclipse International and Eastman House.“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. No other licensing brand is making the investment in people and driving real business to its licensees as are we.” “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 standard operating procedures manual and quality assurance portfolio. Bowman will be visiting factories to implement the quality programs. In addition, Bowman will be joining the company at Interzum May 16-19 in Cologne, Germany, to represent the international expansion of Eclipse and Eastman House. Company officials said Bowman’s appointment, along with that of Tom Rehwinkel recently in sales and marketing, are part of an increased investment the company is making to provide licensees with more resources for its Eclipse International and Eastman House brands.