When Richard Sumer and his father Greg Sumer began developing a new type of mattress in 2018, they couldn’t have known how important their creation’s healthful properties would become just 18 months later.
The Marco Island businessmen are designers of The Copper Mattress, a line rich in the mineral known for a host of health benefits, including acting as an anti-microbial; repelling germs, bacteria and viruses—including COVID-19. Available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king-size and California king-size, The Copper Mattress is available exclusively at Richard Sumer’s Bald Eagle Drive store, Marco Island Mattress Company, and online at thecoppermattress.com.
Manufactured in the U.S.A., the line has gotten good reviews since being launched about one month ago, said Richard Sumer.
“Everybody’s that’s gotten one that we’ve heard from has liked it,” he said. “We offer three different firm-nesses as well, so people can really tailor which one they pick for themselves.”
The line is designed with triple the copper-rich Talalay Latex used in some mattresses. Copper’s anti-microbial properties were cited in a study published earlier this year by the New England Journal of Medicine. Copper also helps maintain a cool sleep environment, along with offering anti-inflammatory properties, increased blood flow and decreased recovery time, among its many other health benefits. It was those properties that motivated the Sumers when their design work began, in conjunction with New Jersey-based Bedding Industries of America, which is manufacturing the line.
“Then it was found that copper is effective against COVID-19, as well as many other bacteria and viruses,” said Richard Sumer. “So, we moved up our release time basically.”
He is the third generation of the Sumer family to be involved in the furniture and mattress business. His grandfather, also named Richard, had a furniture-mattress store in Perth Amboy, N.J. Greg Sumer had multiple stores in the Garden State and that’s where Richard the younger got his start.
The Copper Mattress is the first Sumer family brand to be sold nationally via the internet.
For more information about The Copper Mattress, visit thecoppermattress.com/. The Marco Island Mattress Company is located at 713 Bald Eagle Drive, in the Pelican Plaza. For more information about The Copper Mattress, visit marcoislandmattress.com or call 239-970-4095.