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History of Innovation

In 1899 James Marshall knew he had a great idea. He just wanted to sleep on it a while. Setting the future course for the Mattress industry in North America and around the world, his Canadian invention, the pocket coil spring, which he patented in 1900 in Canada and in the United States and United Kingdom in 1901, became the worldwide standard for mattress construction and upholstery seating. Over a century later, Marshall Mattress is still the first choice for reliability and workmanship. Its lines of pocket spring mattresses and matching foundations reflect the latest in design, utility and fashion.

The original Marshall Spring design featured a pre-compressed slightly-barrelled coil spring, wrapped and sewn inside an unbleached, natural cotton muslin pocket. The Marshall mattress core assembly was formed from hundreds of these individually pocketed springs produced in separate lengths. These lengths were hand-fitted together in a honeycomb-nested pattern that together provided uplifting full-body, contouring support. This independent suspension system was finished with substantial upholstery padding and fabric cover – the combination that provided unsurpassed pressure-relieving comfort for each sleeper. This creation was the first Marshall mattress.

Primarily, Marshall Pocket Coil Springs have been used in the finest of quality bedding. Since the very beginning, consumers worldwide have benefited from James Marshall’s design and his legacy to future generations of bedding makers extended beyond his original patent; he also began a spirit of innovation that has led to advancements in quality mattress design ever since.

1900’s - 1930’s

James Marshall

Inventor and founder

A continually growing, privately-held business focused in Canada, the US and UK on Consumer residential, healthcare and hospitality applications as well as both furniture and automobile (domestic and military) seating.

Since the Beginning

Unlike many mattress brands, Marshall Mattress has had only 4 owners that continuously operated the company and preserved the legacy of both the Marshall brand and the quality of its proprietary pocket spring sleep products. 

1920’s - 1930’s

L.A. Young Industries

Originally a Toronto-based wire maker and supplier to Marshall Mattress® that relocated its principal operations to Detroit, Michigan USA. The head office for Marshall Mattress® remained in Toronto and L.A. Young operated it as a growing business throughout the Depression years with significant innovation in bedding design and supporting consumer advertising. This effort benefited the survival of Marshall Mattress®’s retailer clientele. L.A. Young Supplied Marshall Spring seating units to Chrysler Corporation for domestic and military applications. 

1930’s - 1960’s

Chrysler Corporation

From Auburn, Michigan USA: A customer of both Marshall Mattress® and L.A. Young Industries that assumed ownership of both companies from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s. Similarly (as L.A. Young), Chrysler operated Marshall Mattress® as a separate division with significant innovation in product and Consumer retail advertising. Supplied Marshall Spring seating units to Chrysler Corporation for domestic and military applications.

1960’s - Today

Warner Family

Originally Marshall Mattress employees from 1911-1928. Founded Inner-Spring Mattress Company in 1928, manufacturing pocket spring mattresses and cushions and was a direct competitor of Marshall Mattress. Inner-Spring Mattress was unrestricted to the manufacture of Marshall-style pocket spring mattresses as the original Marshall patents ceased and were now eminent domain. Consequently, all key processes, especially the making of pocket springs and core constructions, were maintained and improved as technology provided more value-added manufacturing options. Focused on consumer, residential, healthcare and hospitality applications and phased out cushion-making. 

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Environmental Responsibility

Marshall Mattress® takes great effort to a more balanced, sustainable approach to manufacturing and commitment to recycling.

All of Marshall Mattress' custom woven damask fabrics are STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified ensuring that the products are environmentally friendly and include no harmful chemicals. 

The foam used by Marshall Mattress is CertiPUR-US® certified, meaning it meets CertiPUR-US® standards for content, emissions and durability, and are analyzed by independent, accredited testing laboratories standards. 

All boxspring and foundation components are hand assembled with sustainable Canadian wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® - Chain of Custody Standard and Controlled Wood Standard

Marshall Mattresses uses 100% Natural Dunlop Latex in some of its mattress collections, which is also certified through the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® program. 

All excess material scraps left over during the manufacturing process is compacted and recycled for reuse. This includes fabric, paper products and plastic products. Any end rolls of fabric that cannot be used in the production process are donated to local school programs in the Greater Toronto Area. 

To date, all Marshall Mattress bedding is produced in a focused, non-piecework environment where the staff works together as a team to offer a great night’s sleep, one pocket coil mattress set at a time.

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