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Visual display of the Simmons factory fire

Simmons factory fire

  • April 1892
  • The ruins of the Simmons Manufacturing Company factory, still smoking after the April 1892 fire, viewed from Lake Michigan.
  • Founded in 1870 by Zalmon G. Simmons, the Simmons Company did not initially make mattresses. Their first products were cheese boxes and wooden insulators. Six years later, Zalmon Simmons decided to produce woven wire mattresses. In 1889, the company started production of spiral coil springs for mattresses. This innovation drastically reduced the cost of a mattress. Simmons was the first company to introduce the Wall-A-Bed, a predecessor to the Murphy bed. In 1958, the firm introduced the first king and queen size mattresses. Labor conflicts in 1959 forced manufacturing operations to move to Munster, Indiana. Corporate headquarters moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1975.

Publication Details

Creator
Simmons Company
Date
April 1892
Description of Original
1 photographic print ; 8 in. x 10 in.
Location of Original
Kenosha History Center : Industrial Photographic Print Collection, no. 307
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