Patents Assigned to Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
  • Patent number: 10391896
    Abstract: A bus seat is provided. The bus seat includes a backrest frame having a curve in part and a lumbar support coupled to the backrest frame by the curve. The bus seat also includes a horizontal seat that is pivotable from a seat position, where a seat frame is locked onto a base frame, to a stowed position. The bus seat is provided in a modular configuration to allow multiple backrests to be used for the bus seat. The backrests may include changeable seat belt configurations and child restraint system configurations. The bus seat also includes a seat belt retractor having a vertical configuration and a horizontal configuration for retracting and extending the seat belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Danny Daniels, Thomas Rumler
  • Patent number: 10213029
    Abstract: The present application provides a cushion having a core layer and a quilt support/comfort layer. The core layer may comprise innersprings, foams, air cells, or combinations thereof. The support/comfort layer comprises a sleep layer that simulates a conventional quilted fabric layer. The sleep layer includes a thick, comfort fabric and a backing fabric, which backing fabric may be the same as the thick, comfort fabric. The sleep layer is formed by coupling the thick, comfort fabric to the backing fabric to form a plurality of individual pockets in which micro spring coils are placed. The micro spring coils have less uncompressed height than conventional innerspring coils. The sleep layer coupling is formed by spot coupling without using a metal needle to stitch the layers together. In other words, the spot coupling may comprise an adhesive or weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Richard J. Anthony, Timothy M. Witherell, William B. Limer, Bradley G. Crump, John R. Mayo
  • Patent number: 9918558
    Abstract: A foam mattress is provided having a body facing surface comprising a first foam layer on a first spring layer formed of a plurality of individual pocketed spring coils. A second foam layer formed of a reticulated foam supports the first spring layer. The foam mattress further having a bottom layer of conventional foam. The foam mattress is surrounded by a foam casing that has at least one vent formed in the casing. The first spring layer causes air to flow from the second foam layer through the vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: William B. Limer
  • Patent number: 9895002
    Abstract: A sleeper sofa having a bridge joint to inhibit bowing between frames in a sleeper position is provided although other folding articles are contemplated. The sleeper sofa has a first frame section and a second frame section foldable/pivotable from a first sitting position to a second sleeping position. When in the sleeping position, the bridge joint extends under and between the first and second frame section to provide support to inhibit bowing at the junction between the first and second frame section. The bridge joint includes a pivot axle and an anti-buckling member coupled to a pivot guide having a track. The anti-buckling member travels in the track as the first and second frames are unfolded about the pivotal axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Dennis R. Cooke, Jason L. Porter
  • Patent number: 9861857
    Abstract: A multiple strand pool noodle is provided. The multiple strand pool noodle has at least two strands formed of extruded foam where each of the strands has a first end and a second end. The first ends of the strands are contained in a first end member and the second ends of the strand are contained in a second end member. A length of the strands extends between the first and second end members. The strands are movable with respect to each other along the length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Wesley Godfrey, Joseph Shawn Huffman
  • Patent number: 9635952
    Abstract: The present application provides a cushion having a core layer and a quilt support/comfort layer. The core layer may comprise innersprings, foams, air cells, or combinations thereof. The support/comfort layer comprises a sleep layer that simulates a conventional quilted fabric layer. The sleep layer includes a thick, comfort fabric and a backing fabric, which backing fabric may be the same as the thick, comfort fabric. The sleep layer is formed by coupling the thick, comfort fabric to the backing fabric to form a plurality of individual pockets in which micro spring coils are placed. The micro spring coils have less uncompressed height than conventional innerspring coils. The sleep layer coupling is formed by spot coupling without using a metal needle to stitch the layers together. In other words, the spot coupling may comprise an adhesive or weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: HICKORY SPRINGS MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard J. Anthony, Timothy M. Witherell, William B. Limer, Bradley G. Crump, John R. Mayo
  • Patent number: 9540082
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to a flotation device suited to teach beginner swimming techniques or provide enjoyment in an aquatic environment while providing flotation to at least a portion of the swimmer's body. The flotation device for aiding a swimmer in a body of water may comprise a body formed from an extruded foam and comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, a first side rail, a second side rail, a leading lateral surface, and a trailing lateral surface, and wherein the extruded foam is a flexible cellular foam. The presently disclosed subject matter also relates to methods of making the flotation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: HICKORY SPRINGS MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy M. Schultz, Jonathan W. Godfrey, John F. Herter
  • Patent number: 9457876
    Abstract: A multiple strand pool noodle is provided. The multiple strand pool noodle has at least two strands formed of extruded foam where each of the strands has a first end and a second end. The first ends of the strands are contained in a first end member and the second ends of the strand are contained in a second end member. A length of the strands extends between the first and second end members. The strands are movable with respect to each other along the length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: HICKORY SPRINGS MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan Wesley Godfrey, Joseph Shawn Huffman
  • Patent number: 9386862
    Abstract: A foam mattress is provided having a body facing surface comprising a first foam layer on a first spring layer formed of a plurality of individual pocketed spring coils. A second foam layer formed of a reticulated foam supports the first spring layer. The foam mattress further having a bottom layer of conventional foam. The foam mattress is surrounded by a foam casing that has at least one vent formed in the casing. The first spring layer causes air to flow from the second foam layer through the vents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: HICKORY SPRINGS MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventor: William B. Limer
  • Patent number: 9339117
    Abstract: A foam mattress is provided having a body facing surface comprising a viscoelastic foam layer. The body facing surface further comprises a recess or cavity into which a layer including a core of springs may be provided. The foam mattress further having a layer of open cell foam beneath the viscoelastic foam layer. The open cell, or reticulated, foam layer provides increased breathability. Support for the mattress may further be provided by a bottom layer of conventional foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: HICKORY SPRINGS MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: William B. Limer, Danny G. Maxwell
  • Patent number: 9167908
    Abstract: The technology of the present application provides an adjustable bed having a stationary base and a shroud. The shroud may be provided in multiple pieces or a solitary strip of material. The shroud has a height sufficient to inhibit the view of the bottom of the adjustable bed. The shroud has either a plurality of protrusions or a plurality of receptacles. The stationary base conversely has a corresponding plurality of receptacles or a plurality of protrusions. The protrusions are sized to slidingly fit into the receptacles in a telescoping fashion. In one aspect, the shroud and stationary base have both protrusions and receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: HICKORY SPRINGS MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Richard Anthony, Timothy Witherell, Matthew Reiter
  • Patent number: 9061746
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to a flotation device suited to teach beginner swimming techniques or provide enjoyment in an aquatic environment while providing flotation to at least a portion of the swimmer's body. The flotation device for aiding a swimmer in a body of water may comprise a body formed from an extruded foam and comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, a first side rail, a second side rail, a leading lateral surface, and a trailing lateral surface, and wherein the extruded foam is a flexible cellular foam. The presently disclosed subject matter also relates to methods of making the flotation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Timothy M. Schultz, Jonathan W. Godfrey, John F. Herter
  • Patent number: 9017124
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to a flotation device suited to teach beginner swimming techniques or provide enjoyment in an aquatic environment while providing flotation to at least a portion of the swimmer's body. The flotation device for aiding a swimmer in a body of water may comprise a body formed from an extruded foam and comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, a first side rail, a second side rail, a leading lateral surface, and a trailing lateral surface, and wherein the extruded foam is a flexible cellular foam. The presently disclosed subject matter also relates to methods of making the flotation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Timothy M. Schultz, Jonathan W. Godfrey, John F. Herter
  • Patent number: 8906975
    Abstract: A conventional flexible polyurethane foam, made using methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), having a bulk foam density in the range of 2.5 pounds per cubic foot or lower and having a foam hardness or IFD in the range of 10 to 90 lb/50 in2. The present invention is also directed to the method for the making thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Dimitrios V. Dounis, Dwayne Lewis Beard, Camden Eugene McLaughlin, Kimberly R. Fair
  • Patent number: 8901187
    Abstract: A high resilience flexible polyurethane foam, made using methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), having a bulk foam density in the range of 2.5 pounds per cubic foot or lower and having a foam hardness or IFD in the range of 10 to 40 lb/50 in2. The present invention is also directed to the method for the making thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Dimitrios V. Dounis, Dwayne Lewis Beard, Camden Eugene McLaughlin, Kimberly R. Fair
  • Patent number: 8814181
    Abstract: A cart apparatus for transporting cargo items to and from a recreational location includes a base unit and a chair unit which are selectively assemblable for transport and disassemblable upon reaching a desired destination. The base unit includes wheels for rolling over varying terrains, and a support portion for stowage thereon of cargo items. The chair unit is foldable between collapsed and opened conditions. The base unit is formed with a receiving area for selective receipt of the collapsed chair unit. When assembled, the collapsed chair unit is matedly engaged in the receiving area of the base unit with the chair unit extending outwardly from the base unit to serve as a handle for controlling rolling and tilting operation of the base unit. When disassembled, the chair unit may be opened into the use condition, and the base unit may serve as a side table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Paul Weldon, Jeryldene Weldon, Julie Weldon, John Saladino, Rapier James, James Tate, Robert Gibson
  • Patent number: 8747173
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates to a flotation device suited to teach beginner swimming techniques or provide enjoyment in an aquatic environment while providing flotation to at least a portion of the swimmer's body. The flotation device for aiding a swimmer in a body of water may comprise a body formed from an extruded foam and comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, a first side rail, a second side rail, a leading lateral surface, and a trailing lateral surface, and wherein the extruded foam is a flexible cellular foam. The presently disclosed subject matter also relates to methods of making the flotation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Timothy M. Schultz, Jonathan W. Godfrey, John F. Herter
  • Patent number: 8575225
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of low triphenyl phosphate, high phosphorous content aryl phosphates with high ortho alkylation as flame retardants in polyurethane or polyisocyanurate foams or polyurethane or polyisocyanurate foam formulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: William J. Layman, Jr., Arthur G. Mack, Techen Tsao, Jeffrey T. Aplin, Hoover Chew
  • Patent number: 7845036
    Abstract: An edge support for reinforcing an edge of a spring core is provided. The edge support includes a plurality of engaging members that are movable between flat and folded positions. In the flat position, an engaging member is generally aligned with the rest of the edge support. In the folded position, the engaging member extends laterally from the rest of the edge support. With the engaging members in the flat position, the edge support has a relatively thin thickness allowing the edge support to be rolled which may be beneficial for the shipping and handling of the edge support. During the assembling of the mattress, the engaging members may be moved to the folded position such that engaging members extend inwardly into the spring core between the spring coils of the spring core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Irene R. Rinchetti
  • Patent number: 7827629
    Abstract: A folding furniture structure for converting between a folded seating condition and an unfolded sleeping condition comprises a floor-supported base, and plural frame sections supported on the base. The frame sections include a first seat section fixed to the base in a horizontal orientation, a second seat section having one side pivotally connected to a forward side of the first seat section, and a seat back section pivotally connected to an opposite side of the second seat section. The frame sections are movable between the folded seating condition with the second seat section pivoted into overlying superposed face abutment to the first seat section and the seat back section extending angularly upwardly from the second seat section for use as a seat, and the unfolded sleeping condition with the second seat section and the seat back section aligned horizontally with the first seat section for use as a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Edmond Paul Guillot