Editor's Note: This is the 259th in a series of articles recalling vanished Huntington scenes.
HUNTINGTON — Budd L. Moser, the founder of the Quality Bedding Company, was born in St. Louis in 1910. He didn't intend to enter the bedding business when he graduated from The Ohio State University. His goal was to become a lawyer.
But Moser graduated at the height of the Great Depression, so after a year at law school he didn't have the money needed to continue. So he dropped out of school and entered a management training program with the Lazarus Department Store.
When Moser left Lazarus, he came to Huntington and went to work for another mattress firm. In 1949, he and that company's production manager, Byron B. Mays, quit and formed their own company, Quality Bedding.
The two men built a plant building at Guyan Avenue and 25th Street, hired production workers and started making mattresses. Business was brisk, so much so that in 1953 they needed to build an addition to the plant. A fleet of company-owned trucks delivered Quality Bedding mattresses to customers in West Virginia, southern Ohio, eastern Kentucky, western Pennsylvania, northern Tennessee and Virginia.
Quality Bedding was a member of BEMCO Associates, a cooperative group of mattress companies headquartered in High Point, North Carolina. Budd Moser was one of the four original partners in the co-op and he liked to point out the B in BEMCO stood for him.
Moser was active in civic affairs and served on Huntington City Council. In 1980, Jay Moser, who had spent 25 years with Quality Bedding, succeeded his father as the company's president
Budd Moser died in 1981. According to records in the West Virginia Secretary of State's office, Quality Bedding went out of business in 1996.