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Colgate Mattress Partners with The Atlanta Furniture Bank

Bed Race and 5K Pajama Run

Colgate Mattress was on hand this past Saturday, October 10, 2015 to support the fifth annual Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta Bed Race and 5K Pajama Run. Proceeds from the race and 5K will help provide furniture to people who were recently homeless, women escaping domestic violence, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

“In Atlanta, over 40 percent of the homeless are women and children, with around 42 percent of those children ages six and under,” said Alan Wolkin, president of Colgate Mattress. “​We believe that every child– especially infants –​should have a safe bed to sleep in, so the Furniture Bank’s mission is close to our hearts.”

Following the 5K, teams of five were given a twin bed on wheels and were tasked with choosing a theme and costumes to take part in the parade of beds; and then raced down the street. The Colgate Rambling Rug Rats decorated their bed as a crib, naturally, and set off to race.

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About The Atlanta Furniture Bank

The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta was founded in 1988 in response to the lack of furniture resources for previously homeless people who secure housing. Furniture Bank is the only agency in metro Atlanta whose mission is to provide free furniture to people in need, and ensures clients and each of their children have a bed to sleep on.

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Colgate Mattress Hosts Press Conference Urging TPP Trade Deal

Historic visit shines light on need to support small and medium-sized US manufacturers

America’s most trusted crib mattress company, Colgate Mattress, welcomed trade negotiators from 12 Trans Pacific nations and the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) during a recent tour of its family-owned factory. Atlanta (GA) Mayor Kasim Reed, who hosted the event and chairs USCM’s Transportation and Communications Committee, was joined by United States Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman, Little Rock (AR) Mayor Mark Stodola, Chair of the Conference’s Exports and Ports Task Force, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Columbia (SC) Mayor Steven Benjamin. The visit was part of negotiations to complete a Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, which passed this week.

TPP Press Conference

A Tour of the Factory

“We were honored to offer an up-close and personal factory experience to such a prestigious group. The buzz in the factory was incredible,” said Alan Wolkin, president of Colgate. “Handcrafting crib mattresses is a lost art, so we hope this gives our industry the exposure it deserves.”

During the tour, Mayor Reed closed a crib mattress with the help of a Colgate employee.

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What TPP Means to Small Businesses

“Through TPP and our other trade agreements, we want to make it more possible to open markets and support good jobs,” said Ambassador Froman. “TPP is the first trade agreement ever to have a particular focus on small and medium-sized businesses, to make sure TPP is working for companies like Colgate.”

According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative,

  • During the last five years, U.S. exports have hit record highs, reaching $2.34 trillion in 2014, up roughly 50% since 2009.
  • Over 300,000 American companies export goods, 98% of which are small- and medium-sized businesses;
  • Exports of goods and services supported 11.7 million jobs in the United States in 2014; income.

“Expanding our distribution internationally can not only increase our need for additional employees, but also the volume of raw goods sourced here in the U.S.,” said Colgate Mattress President Alan Wolkin. “This includes key components such as metal coils, foams and cover materials. If this policy is structured right—with businesses like Colgate in mind—our entire ecosystem of crib mattress manufacturing could benefit over the long haul.”

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The story was featured on many major news channels in Atlanta – including this segment on CBS46.