Haynes Mattress Factory

Daniel Haynes (1828-1913) came to the new railroad town of Sealy in 1881. In 1885, he invented a process and a machine to manufacture a felted cotton, non-tufted mattress. Trademarked under the Haynes name, the mattresses were sold throughout the southern United States and soon became associated with the name Sealy. In 1906, Haynes sold his patents to a group of men who formed their own company and adopted the name Sealy. Haynes opened a new mattress factory in 1909 on a new site under the Haynes name. It remained in operation after his death, maintaining its reputation as one of Sealy's primary industries until 1976.