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Bush Wins CertiPUR-US® Award

Bobby Bush Honored with CertiPUR-US® Outstanding Leadership Award


(Rochester Hills, Mich. — November 16, 2018) — Bobby Bush of Hickory Springs Manufacturing, Co. (HSM) in Hickory, N.C., was honored by CertiPUR-US® with its Outstanding Leadership Award at its recent fall meeting in St. Louis.

Bush played a key role in the development of the CertiPUR-US program, now marking its 10th year, and has continued to foster its success. He was integral to the creation of the original CertiPUR-US Advisory Board consisting of association leaders, academics, environmentalists, chemists, and mattress and upholstered furniture manufacturers.

Recognized as an innovator in bio-based and combustion-modified foams, the Duke University graduate has been active and outspoken in the fields of environmental and regulatory activity. He is technical director of the Upholstered Furniture Action Council (UFAC) and has served several terms as president of the Polyurethane Foam Association, as well as the not-for-profit Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam, the organization that administers the CertiPUR-US program.

“Back when the certification of flexible polyurethane foam was just a concept, Bobby was one of the very first in the industry to step up and support the program,” says Mike Crowell, executive director of the CertiPUR-US program. “He was one of the architects of our original business plan, contributing an industry perspective that paved the way for success. He foresaw the extraordinary benefits this program would offer by raising the bar for foam and giving consumers comfort and confidence in the products they bring into their home.”

Past honorees of the CertiPUR-US Outstanding Leadership Award are James McIntyre, partner, McIntyre and Lemon law firm, and Robert Luedeka, immediate past president of the Polyurethane Foam Association.