Therapedic Caribbean signs $60-m deal with Hilton Rose Hall

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Local bedding company Therapedic Caribbean has signed a $60-million contract with Hilton Rose Hall hotel to supply mattresses and box foundations for the refurbishing of the 489-room hotel.

The Montego Bay, St James resort, owned and operated by the Sagicor Group, made an exception to its long-standing procurement procedures by appointing a Jamaican bedding manufacturer as a preferred supplier of customised sleep products to the hotel’s international specifications.

Therapedic Caribbean is one of the leading suppliers of bedding to some of the largest retail stores, hotels, hospitals and other institutions across the Caribbean. The bedding company is a member of the Morgans Group, which comprises Polyflex Foam Ltd and Jumbolon Jamaica Ltd, both manufacturing entities.

"It was a rigorous bidding process and we were selected above all the other Jamaican companies which tendered. We are very proud of this achievement, especially as this was the first time the Hilton International hotel chain was signing a Jamaican bedding company, in keeping with its strict quality and design standards," director of Therapedic Caribbean Aswad Morgan said.

He added that hotel chains worldwide are increasingly placing significant emphasis on the design and construction of their beds due to the important role they play in the overall guest experience.

"What’s the point of having great food, a nice pool and a terrible bed? It has to be the total package to meet guests’ expectations.

"We have to recognise Sagicor’s tenacity and insistence on buying local, because by so doing the Jamaican bedding manufacturers were challenged to show the Hilton International chain that the island has the expertise, capabilities, capacity, modern plant facilities, and a quality workforce who can do as good a job as anywhere else in the world," he said.

Earlier this year Therapedic Caribbean signed a $40-million contract with Gran Bahia Principe Hotel, Runaway Bay, to supply an exclusive sleep system, dubbed the ‘Dream Suite Pillow-top By Therapedic’, for 455 rooms in the hotel’s expansion programme. The expansion project brings the Gran Bahia Principe hotel room count to 1,375 rooms.

"We are very proud that a local bedding manufacturer could step up and execute at such high levels in terms of delivery management, product quality and professionalism. This new sleep system is guaranteed to heighten our guests’ sleep experience and we are delighted that it was made here in Jamaica," said John Miles, hotel manager, Hilton Rose Hall.

Therapedic Caribbean was established in 1984 as a licensee of Therapedic International, which is among the top five largest bedding producers in the world with over 60 factories worldwide. All the locally produced sleep products are manufactured at its state-of-the-art, 40,000-square- foot production facility at the JIDC Complex, Naggo Head in Portmore, St Catherine.

The local bedding manufacturer has been awarded supply contracts for RIU Tropical Bay in Negril, Secrets Resorts, Bahia Principe, Half Moon Resort & Spa, Palmyra Resort & Spa, Jewel Resorts, Decameron Hotels, Melia Braco Village, Hedonism II, Golden Eye Resort, Couples Resorts, and Royalton White Sands & Negril, among others.

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