PMI to make bed in the U.S.

Saturday, January 31, 2004

MARLBORO, N.J. & CALHOUN, Ga. - Although China has become a virtual magnet for bent-metal manufacturing in recent years, one manufacturer of homecare beds is moving its manufacturing back to the United States.

PMI announced last month that it would resume making its semi- and full-electric beds at U.S.-based facilities after sourcing its beds in China for a little more than a year. It’ll cost more to make the beds here, but there are advantages on the distribution side, said PMI President Scott Hassel.

“We’re going to give up a little bit of cost to get a better made product,” he said. “It makes it really easy for us to keep up with inventory problems. We don’t have to overstock. We won’t have a problem with understock.”

PMI founded its bed-making operations in the U.S. in 1999 and for several years was a supplier to wholesalers only. Today, after acquisition by Invacare, PMI distributes its low-price product line to both wholesalers and HME providers. HME