Fresno-based Pleasant Mattress acquired San Francisco-based McRoskey Mattress Co. in October 2018. Photo contributed by Pleasant Mattress
Written by Donald A. Promnitz
Pleasant Mattress, Inc. in Fresno will be adding new jobs and new prestige to the company as they incorporate a San Francisco mainstay.
“Everybody is super excited,” said Rion Morgenstern, president and CEO of Pleasant Mattress said. “Our employees were cheering this morning when we made the announcement.”
Pleasant Mattress acquired McRoskey Mattress Co. of San Francisco, a business with a history spanning back twelve decades, when brothers Edward and Leonard McRoskey opened shop in 1899. Rion Morgenstern’s father, Herb, is a longtime friend of Robin Azevedo, Edward McRoskey’s granddaughter. Pleasant Mattress, meanwhile, has been in business since 1959.
Morgenstern declined to disclose the value of the acquisition of McRoskey, which builds and sells high-end mattresses.
According to Morgenstern, Azevedo had no family members to transition the company to, so the acquisition felt like the perfect fit.
Currently, Pleasant Mattress employs about 120 to 160 people (including seasonal employees). Morgenstern said that over the course of the next 12 months, he hopes to add 30 to 45 new jobs to the Fresno roster.
The three Bay Area showrooms owned by McRoskey will remain in business. To accommodate the manufacturing of the mattresses, Morgenstern plans to retrofit a 25,000-square-foot room on their 9-acre campus at 375 S. West Ave.
“What McRoskey adds to our portfolio is the jewel on top,” Morgenstern said. “McRoskey is a well-respected brand and [uses] unique construction methods that are not often used in U.S.-manufactured bedding, so this really give us the ability to maintain jobs in California and offer a premium product to our customers, both in the U.S. and abroad.”
Azevedo will remain on as the McRoskey brand ambassador.