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Business Veteran Niles Cornelius Retires from HSM


Niles Cornelius, a bedding {industry} veteran who has held a wide range of govt positions with Hickory Springs Manufacturing (“HSM”), will retire from his present put up as product coaching supervisor on July 1. His retirement marks the top of a distinguished 47-year profession within the residence merchandise {industry}, throughout which he helped reshape the corporate’s bedding division into an modern bedding merchandise producer and have become one of the crucial extremely revered and beloved executives within the {industry}. 

Cornelius joined HSM in 2008 as normal supervisor of its Hickory at Dwelling division, overseeing gross sales, advertising and operations. The division produced futon frames and mattresses, youth furnishings, reminiscence foam pillows and daybeds which have been distributed to furnishings shops, specialty sleep retailers and catalog retailers nationally.

From the start, Cornelius was a key member of HSM’s gross sales and product improvement group whose work helped gasoline the expansion of the corporate’s bedding enterprise into an industry-leading supplier of modern merchandise and elements. As bedding product coaching supervisor, he developed coaching applications for RSAs on the best way to current HSM’s modern mattress elements (together with innersprings and microcoils), adjustable mattress bases, beds in a field, mattress rails and frames, and fabric-encased coils. Cornelius was additionally an integral member of the group that developed HSM’s first adjustable energy base program. 

“In my 13 years with HSM, I’ve witnessed first-hand the evolution of the corporate right into a cutting-edge, modern powerhouse within the bedding {industry},” Cornelius stated. “In the previous few years, HSM has invested in state-of-the-art manufacturing tools and established a devoted mattress manufacturing facility – doubling its bedding manufacturing capability to satisfy the rising demand for bedding merchandise from customers. It has been an honor to be a part of the group that has helped place HSM for even better success within the years forward.”

Recalling the excessive factors of his profession, Cornelius stated, “Maybe one in every of my proudest achievements was the adjustable energy bases program we created for Sealy, which achieved outstanding outcomes at retail for a virtually five-year stretch. After that, I led HSM Bedding’s direct-to-retail program, Hickory at Dwelling, after which grew to become product supervisor of the corporate’s mattress elements enterprise. My time at HSM was the spotlight of my profession, and I’m very pleased with the outcomes we achieved in all of these areas.”

“Niles has been a beloved member of our group and full {industry}. There may be not part of our bedding division the place he hasn’t made necessary contributions through the years,” stated Tim Witherell, vp and normal supervisor of HS Manufacturing, LLC’s bedding enterprise. “He has been an amazing asset to our firm. His willingness to share his intensive {industry} data with our group was an amazing asset and we’ll all actually miss his optimistic perspective and infectious spirit. We want Niles and his household the perfect as he transitions into his well-deserved retirement.”

Previous to his position with HSM, Cornelius served in a variety of executive-level positions for the Therapedic Worldwide licensing group, together with president, vp of gross sales and minority associate, and chief working workplace of Therapedic of Virginia, one of many firm’s licensees. His profession additionally contains gross sales positions with Sealy and its Stearns & Foster model, and with Worldwide Bedding Corp., one other Therapedic licensee. He started his profession as a retail gross sales affiliate in a division retailer in Cincinnati.

Cornelius will retire to Bluefield, West Virginia, the place he lives together with his spouse of fifty years, Jane; his 4 youngsters; and his 4 grandchildren. He enjoys gardening and yardwork and is a voracious reader of historical past – particularly about his favourite subject, the Civil Warfare.


About HSM 

 HSM is a privately held firm based mostly in Hickory, North Carolina, with greater than 25 manufacturing vegetation in 13 states. Along with its core furnishings and bedding markets, HSM serves a spread of shoppers within the transportation, packaging, healthcare, attire and different industries. For extra info, go to


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