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Proudly Made in the USA: MyPillow

This is literally our "Fluff Piece" for pillows made in Minnesota

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by Kate Hogan on
Jan 08, 2018

Pillows play a big part in how you sleep at night. When you’re out searching for your next one, look for one that is made right here in the United States. One such pillow is MyPillow.

MyPillow is a pillow manufacturing company based in Chaska, Minnesota. The company was founded by Minnesota native Michael J. Lindell. For years, he researched pillows and different kinds of sleep disorders, experimenting with a variety of different fillers and fabrics before creating and patenting MyPillow, an open-cell, poly-foam pillow design.

To help fund the development of the pillow, Lindell sold four bars he owned and mortgaged his house. At first, Lindell hand-sewed the pillows by himself and handled all of the sales and distribution with help from his family members. MyPillow hit the market in 2005 at a kiosk in the Eden Prairie Center, a local mall. The company struggled for a few years until it was able to launch an infomercial in 2011. Seven years later, that infomercial currently airs around 200 times per day on local and national networks. This helped the company sell over 30 million pillows, and grow from 1 to 50 and now over 1,500 employees. MyPillow currently has 17 different manufacturing locations in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Their products are also offered on QVC, at major retailers, trade shows and on their website.

MyPillow has allegedly helped people with migraines, insomnia, snoring, fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, neck pain, TMJ (lockjaw), allergies, and asthma. Using the right pillow has the potential to provide more restful sleep and relief for conditions such as these. It is offered in a variety of sizes, with the Standard/Queen size bed pillow starting at $89.95 suggested retail price. The King size model starts at $99.95. Significant discounts can be found by shopping at Amazon or by finding codes online.

MyPillow is not without its problems though. The company was recently investigated by consumer advocates at truthinadvertising.org and consumer protection officials in California over some of its marketing claims. The allegations include misleading marketing and inappropriate health claims without reliable scientific evidence. In agreeing to the settlement, MyPillow admits no wrongdoing. The penalties include $100,000 in charitable contributions. All issues are with the company’s marketing, not with the pillow itself.

Next time you are out looking for a place to rest your weary head, rest it on a pillow made right here in the USA.  

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