Corsicana Turns to Industry Vet as New CEO

Rhea will focus on renewing manufacturer's value proposition to propel growth. 

04/18/2022
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Eric Rhea, Corsicana's new CEO.
Eric Rhea, Corsicana's new CEO.

Corsicana Mattress Company has named long-time industry leader Eric Rhea as its new chief executive officer. Rhea has more than three decades of bedding experience, from his tenure at Leggett and Platt Inc., including being the president of its bedding group. 

Rhea is focused on renewing Corsicana’s value proposition as the means to continue the company’s dramatic growth. 

"Corsicana has an immense amount of talent! In a short time, the team has aligned around focusing our efforts on our core markets, understanding the need to provide solutions for our customers, and begun to streamline the business to assure we are lean and agile," he said. “Our company is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and I'm extremely excited to join the team at this pivotal time. The company is rich in history at providing its customers with excellent service and value. Going forward, we will renew Corsicana's commitment to unmatched service and value for our customer base."

Rhea replaces Mike Thompson, who resigned in March to pursue other interests.

“The board believes Eric is the right leader for Corsicana in its next evolution. His industry expertise and operational skills are some of his key qualities, and a talented team supports him,” said Matthew Kahn, leader of Corsicana’s Board of Directors.

Rhea retired from Leggett and Platt in 2020. Most recently, he was president of North American Pipe and Precast, an infrastructure business for global building materials leader CRH. 

He received both his bachelor’s and master’s of business administration degrees from Missouri State University.

Founded in 1971 in Corsicana, Texas, Corsicana Mattress operates 11 factories across the country and has become one of the mattress industry’s largest manufacturers. The company offers a full range of products that feature the latest in sleep technology, including innerspring, memory foam and hybrid models. The company also has a mattress-in-a-box line that simplifies delivery. Corsicana leverages its national manufacturing presence to provide industry-leading quality, value, delivery, and customer service. Its mission is to provide hard-working Americans with innovative and affordable sleep products that improve their quality of life. 

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