The Sealy story
In 1881 an American cotton gin builder called Daniel Haynes built a cotton filled mattress for a neighbour. His mattresses were soon so much in demand he invented and patented a machine to compress cotton. In 1906, he sold his patents to a Texas Company that took the name of Sealy, which grew to become the world number one bed brand. Sealy UK has been based in Cumbria since 1974.