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Garden Grove, CA 92841 USA

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June 5th 2010

14th Annual IIDA Product Design Competion Logo

Sterling Sleep System’s Imperial Plush Top 625 Wins IIDA/HD Product Design Competition Award

Garden Grove, CA (June 5th, 2010) - The leading manufacturer of sustainable modular mattress for the hotel industry, Sterling Sleep Systems, was named as a winner in the 14th Annual IIDA/HD Product Design Competition at the at the Platinum Circle Gala during 2010 HDExpo held in Las Vegas May 19-21. 

Imperial 625 ImageSponsored by the International Interior Design Association and Hospitality Design, entries in the IIDA/HD Product Design Competition were judged by a panel of 4 Industry experts.  This elite panel included:

Viveca Bissonnette, IIDA, AIA, CID, LEED AP, Carrier Johnson +CULTURE
Rick Marencic, IIDA, Daroff Design Inc
Bruno Viterbo, IIDA, Champalimaud
Michael Dalton, IIDA, Strategic Hotels & Resorts

Sterling Sleep System’s Imperial Plush Top 625 mattress won the Case Goods and Freestanding Furniture - Individual Furnishings Items category.  Entries were judged on innovation, technical advancements, cost effectiveness, environmental responsibility, aesthetics, need and usage in the hospitality industry, and both client and user benefits.  Performance, comfort, safety, suitability for intended use, durability and accessibility were also taken into account in the judging process.

Tony Hochschild, president of Sterling Sleep Systems speaks to the prestige of the IIDA/HD Product Design Competition, “I want to thank the IIDA for honoring Sterling Sleep Systems with this year’s award of excellence. Over the last 14 years there have been lots of elegant luxury beds to choose from; having ours selected as the most practical of them all is quite remarkable.”

Tony attributes this award to the incorporation of the most advanced bed technology in the modular innerspring and foam Imperial Plush Top 625 mattresses. The component-based design features interchangeable parts to allow replacement of soiled, worn or damaged sections. When hotels are able to correct a mattress problem with parts rather than an entire mattress, they reduce solid waste and extend the mattress life. EPA WasteWise considers the reduction of solid waste an environmentally-friendly business practice.  In addition to being environmentally friendly, Sterling Sleep System’s component based system allows hoteliers to maintain the highest level of guest comfort and satisfaction through the ability to re-configure the internal firmness and top layer of the bed.

March 9, 2010

Join Sterling Sleep Systems at the HD EXPO
See Sterling Sleep’s Modular Mattress in the Winning Sustainable Suite Design

Garden Grove, CA (March 5th, 2010) - The leading manufacturer of sustainable modular mattress for the hotel industry, Sterling Sleep Systems, has been chosen by a major design firms WATG and IDEO as the mattress of choice in their winning Sustainable Suite Design Competition entry. 

Sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, USGBC, ASID and NEWH, entries in the Sustainable Design Suite Design Competition were judged by a panel of 9 Industry experts. Tony Hochschild, president of Sterling Sleep Systems speaks to the prestige of the Sustainable Suite Design Competition, “The significance of this contest is elevated by the fact that judging was based on LEED design criteria as the standard.”

LEED’s commercial interior requirements, provision Materials Reuse (MR) 4, call for projects to include materials, including furniture, with recycled content.  MR4 is a LEED requirement and depending on the percentage of recycled materials used can earn 1-2 points.  Sterling Sleep System beds were selected by WATG because of the high level of recycled content, totaling 95%, in their steel spring systems and genuine sustainable design featuring replaceable, interchangeable parts.

“We are proud that Sterling’s Sustainable mattresses are specified by WATG IDEO in their USGBC Sustainable Suite Design Competition winning entry.  All Sterling mattresses are built using Leggett and Platt spring systems made in USA which supports our domestic economy and reduces the environmental impacts resulting from transportation,” added Hochschild.

WATG’s winning design will be showcased at the HD EXPO in Las Vegas, NV from May 19-21, 2010.  The Sustainable Suite Design will be displayed in a 400 square foot model hotel room located just outside the Exhibit Hall entrance at the Sands Convention Center.  Sterling Sleep System’s winning bed can be seen in the model room with more sustainable mattress options can be seen on the HD EXPO show floor in booth #5928.

Stop by to visit or contact Tony Hochschild (714-891-3191 x12) to set up a meeting to discuss how Sterling Sleep Systems can help your hotel earn LEED points.


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Apr 29, 2009

Garden Grove, CA – April 14th, 2009 - The EPA advises hotels that they have an opportunity to make a significant environmental contribution through waste prevention simply by switching to modular mattress designs, such as those made by Sterling Sleep Systems, with little or no increase in cost. 

Brent Eneix, Managing Partner for Hotel Seven4one states “As a ‘Green’ hotel, we are striving to be environmentally responsible in every facet of our operation.  Partnering with Sterling Sleep Systems has resulted in the reduction of future waste, fits into our business model and is very exciting.  The comfort and luxurious feel is a bonus and something that our type of discerning clientele expects.”

Sterling Sleep Systems has designed a modular mattress that is not only sustainable but provides a high level of comfort and luxury.  “Since installing Sterling Sleep Systems mattresses, guests have provided only positive comments about our beds” says Cliff Reynolds, Managing Director of Silver Saddle Ranch & Club. 

Sterling’s Eco Friendly component based mattress allow for the replacement of soiled, worn or damaged sections which result in renewed mattresses that continue to provide the comfort for hotel guests, reduce maintenance expenses and extend the life of hotel mattress.  “Since we changed to Sterling modular mattresses, we have had a few guest accidents but we are now able to unzip and replace the top cover panel of the mattress with a spare while we had the original dry-cleaned.  The beds are really great and save room down time” says Reynolds.

An expert in sustainable component based beds, Sterling Sleep Systems has pioneered and perfected modular mattress design and holds patents on an original replaceable component mattress system.  Tony Hochschild, President of Sterling Sleep Systems, shares his philosophy “For over 20 years, Sterling Sleep Systems has been crafting mattresses with three distinct criteria in mind.  Mattresses should increase value for hotel guests, provide superior hygiene, and significantly reduce environmental impact.”

Visit Sterling Sleep Systems in space 4364 at the HD Expo in Las Vegas from May 14 – 16, 2009. 

About Us

Sterling Sleep Systems makes mattresses and mattress components under its flagship American Pacific Plastic Fabricators. Established in 1987, the company is a privately-owned domestic contract manufacturing company with 20 years experience making a wide range of specialized products from flexible PVC and urethane film and sheeting. These products are used in medical, military, aerospace and consumer industries. Sterling/APPF, Inc. has a strong track record in product innovation and development. With an emphasis on environmentally-friendly, hospitality industry mattresses, our Orange County-based company operates a modern 65,000 square foot facility in Garden Grove, CA

Today, in addition to our contract manufacturing business, we produce a full line of component-based innerspring and foam mattresses and component-based memory foam and latex luxury mattresses. Our innerspring and foam mattresses with detachable, interchangeable parts incorporate the most advanced technologies available in pursuit of a better, greener night's sleep. Component-based design features interchangeable parts to allow replacement of soiled, worn or damaged sections. Correcting a mattress problem with parts rather than an entire mattress reduces solid waste and extends the mattress service life, an environmentally sound business practice.

Our products are shipped to over 30 countries. Our principal customer bases reside in the Germany, Switzerland, Japan and the US.

Industry Recognition

Sterling Sleep Systems leads the industry in innovation with several U.S. patents supporting exclusive design features of our various products. As far back as 1998, we were named "Manufacturer of the Year" by our industry.

Sterling Sleep Systems is the mattress of choice for fine lodging accommodations throughout the world. The Sterling Imperial mattress is used by the Hotel Bel Air, Beverly Hills. Ranked #1 for customer satisfaction in the U.S. in 2006.

Sterling Sleep Systems firmly believes we best serve you by best serving the requirements of your guests.

Going green

Letter to Sterling Sleep Systems from the Environmental Protection Agency, click here

"Mattress Makers Go Modular to Help Cut Costs, Minimize Environmental Impact", says Glenn Hasek, Publisher and Editor Green Lodgings News.

"According to the American Hotel & Lodging Assn., there are approximately 4.4 million guestrooms. It is pretty safe to assume there is at least one mattress in each room. Assuming a thickness of 10 inches per mattress, the industry's mattresses, stacked on top of one another, would reach over 600 miles into the sky.

With mattresses replaced every seven years, on average, it is obvious the lodging industry has a huge waste management issue on its hands. Where do mattresses go when they are no longer useable? Most end up in landfills. Liability and hygiene issues prevent them from being donated to charities. Almost none are recycled. Mattresses are a significant capital expense so why not add years to their life? It is possible, several industry vendors say.

Just like any other business, mattress companies thrive on sales volume. It is not necessarily to their advantage to produce mattresses that don't need to be replaced. Some vendors are beginning to acknowledge the waste problem that mattresses cause, however, and are now at least beginning to offer mattresses with replaceable mattress tops or other components. These features can extend mattress life significantly-as much as five to 10 years or more.

Sterling Sleep Systems, Garden Grove, Calif., offers a modular mattress system that allows one to replace interchangeable parts such as zippered mattress covers, foam overlays and other components instead of replacing the entire bed. Sterling, a registered EPA WasteWise endorser, offers six mattress models. Tony Hochschild, owner of Sterling Sleep Hospitality, says his company's mattresses can be easily taken apart by housekeepers for cleaning.

'The part of the bed that is damaged most often is the mattress cover,' Hochschild says. 'Housekeepers no longer have to remove entire mattresses from rooms if there is a problem.' With hoteliers looking to add signature beds to increase guest loyalty, mattresses sold by companies like Sterling Sleep Systems present the option of upgrading quality simply by replacing the top or adding foam overlays. While mattresses with replaceable pieces benefit the environment significantly, they also reduce capital, labor, and delivery and hauling costs. Whereas bed sets can cost hundreds of dollars, mattress covers that zip on range from $75 to a little less than $200."

Other Technologies
To see what we’ve been doing around here in our spare time, watch this video of our “Air Landing Bags” being tested by NASA. Sterling Sleep Systems/American Pacific Plastic Fabricators produced the landing air bag assemblies under the direction of Irvin Aero space engineering staff.

The following video is of the actual Orion Landing Air Bag system tests up close. Click Here

America will send a new generation of explorers to the moon aboard NASA’s Orion crew exploration vehicle. Making its first flights early in the next decade, Orion is part of the Constellation Program to send human explorers back to the moon, and then onward to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.

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