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Hickory Springs Mid-West Foam Division Hires New Regional Sales Manager

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Chad Van Kooten

Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, one of the nation’s largest integrated manufacturers and an international supplier of components for the furniture and bedding industries, has announced the hire of Chad Van Kooten as the new Regional Sales Manager of its Mid-West Foam Division.

As the Mid-West Foam Division’s Regional Sales Manager, Mr. Van Kooten is responsible for all aspects of sales at Hickory Springs’ Fort Smith, AR, foam complex and Arlington, TX facility.

Mr. Van Kooten has more than 20 years of sales and operational experience in both the logistics and pharmaceutical industries. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer for USA Truck. In this role, Mr. Van Kooten led the sales organization and sales team, oversaw customer service, established pricing guidelines, and guided product/portfolio diversification initiatives. Mr. Van Kooten earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he also played baseball on an athletic scholarship.

“We’re very excited to have Chad join us as our new Regional Sales Manager,” said David Duncan, Vice-President of the Western Foam Division. “We look forward to seeing how his diverse background and extensive experience will help us open up new markets and revenue streams for the Mid-West Foam Division.” Mr. Van Kooten’s office will be located at the division’s Fort Smith, AR, facility.

About Hickory Springs: One of North Carolina’s largest employers, Hickory Springs is a privately held company based in Hickory, North Carolina, with more than 50 manufacturing plants in 16 states and China. In addition to its core business in home furnishings, the company also serves a growing range of customers in the transportation, healthcare, packaging, and government markets.

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