Piston Group’s Irvin Products Acquires Chicago Bedding Manufacturer

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Pontiac-based automotive interior trim supplier Irvin Products has acquired Chicago mattress cover supplier A. Lava & Son. // Photo courtesy of Irvin Products

Irvin Products, a Pontiac-based automotive interior trim subsidiary of the Piston Group, has acquired A. Lava & Son of Chicago, a leading mattress cover supplier.

The acquisition expands Irvin Products’ footprint into the Midwest region and diversifies its list of markets, products, and end customers.

Established in 1917, A. Lava & Son is the largest “Made in the USA” cover producer supporting the bedding industry.

“A. Lava’s expertise and industry relationships, combined with Irvin’s consumer volume, capacity, and investment capabilities, will position us to further diversify and grow revenues outside of automotive and capitalize on the expanding market opportunity in the bedding segment,” says Vinnie Johnson, founder, chairman, and CEO of Piston Group. “A. Lava’s strong reputation in the bedding market compliments what we have built and grown at Irvin Products since Piston Group acquired them in 2016.”

Piston Group was founded in 1996 by Johnson, a member of the Detroit Pistons NBA Championship-winning teams in 1989 and 1990. In addition to Irvin Products, the organization is comprised of Piston Automotive, Detroit Thermal Systems, and the AIREA design studio and furniture dealer.

Piston Group employs nearly 10,000 people at more than 20 locations across North America. In 2020, it posted revenues of $2.9 billion.

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