Our Indianapolis Roots.

 
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If you’re reading this, you likely know that we’re a mattress manufacture, born from a foam-fabricating company, and that we’re located in Indianapolis, IN. Today, we thought we’d share some fun and interesting facts relating to our history and deep ties to the city of Indianapolis.

Ever heard Indy referred to as No Mean City? Perhaps you’re familiar with the website of local stories by the same name? Or maybe you’ve actually gone so far as to see the cornerstone of the old Indianapolis City Hall that bears that title?

 
The cornerstone of Indianapolis City Hall, bearing the phrase “No Mean City.” Joseph Taylor Elliott was a founder of the city, a Civil War veteran and POW, and the grandfather of the founder of our parent company, Foamcraft, Inc.

The cornerstone of Indianapolis City Hall, bearing the phrase “No Mean City.” Joseph Taylor Elliott was a founder of the city, a Civil War veteran and POW, and the grandfather of the founder of our parent company, Foamcraft, Inc.

 

Joseph Taylor Elliott, as listed on the cornerstone above, is the grandfather of Foamcraft’s founder, Robert Taylor Elliott. He was a prisoner of war during the Civil War, and survived the explosion of the Sultana steamboat on his journey home at the end of the war. He went on to finance many of the buildings that are still standing in downtown Indianapolis, including Monument Circle.

Fast forward to 1952, when a Robert T. Elliott left Firestone Foamex to start his own company. He set up shop at 1627 Prospect Street, in the neighborhood of Fountain Square. If you’ve ever rocked out at the all-ages music venue known as the Hoosier Dome, you’ve stood in that very same storefront.

 
 

A few short years later, in 1954, we moved our headquarters further east to 5529 Bonna Avenue, in the heart of the Irvington neighborhood, where we were headquartered for the next 50+ years. If you’ve ever strolled down the Pennsy Trail, eaten at the Mug, grabbed coffee at Coal Yard Coffee, or tried the newly created Bonna Station, you likely know the building. We sold it in 2009 to the fine folks at Black Acre Brewing, who now use part of the building for their brewing operation. A plan was later put forward to use the rest of the facility as a mixed-use destination that would include the brewery, an art gallery, restaurants, and retail, but, as we understand it, the project is currently up in the air. While we’re on the record, we’d like to point out that, while “Coal Factory” has a nice ring to it, the building was, in fact, a foam factory for the past half a century!

 
5529 E. Bonna Ave., as we left it in 2009.

5529 E. Bonna Ave., as we left it in 2009.

Redevelopment plans for our old facility on Bonna Ave. in Irvington.

Redevelopment plans for our old facility on Bonna Ave. in Irvington.

 

So where are we now? We’ve grown and have five plants around the state. Our corporate headquarters are located in the Fort Benjamin Harrison area, and our other plants are located in the towns of Greenfield, Elkhart, Goshen, and Mitchell.

As you can see, our roots run deep in the history and place that is Indianapolis. We love our city and are proud to be a resource to our neighbors in this fine place we call home.

Ian Dooley