Founded by William “Bill” Harris in 1958, Harris Pillow Supply began as a franchise of Fluff ‘n Puff Pillow Service in the Chicago area. Bill traveled around the area; cleaning pillows at hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, colleges and other businesses. The following year Bill purchased the inventory of pillow cleaning machines from Fluff ‘n Puff when the company filed for bankruptcy. He began sewing his own ticking and selling the pillow cleaning machines to laundry service businesses and dry cleaners. He later redesigned the pillow machine to the Pillow-Vac that Harris Pillow Supply still manufactures and sells.
In 1979, Bill’s son John Harris joined Harris Pillow Supply with marketing and sales management experience. In 1980, the mobile business in Chicago was sold and Harris Pillow Supply relocated to Beaufort, South Carolina. In 2004, the third generation of the Harris family, Patrick Harris, joined the team and contributed marketing and graphic design experience. All three generations worked together for several years before the late founder retired.
Over the years, the business has evolved to include multiple services: sewing pillow ticking, providing feathers and supplies for refreshing and renovating pillows, manufacturing pillows, and manufacturing and selling the world’s only pillow renovating machine – the Pillow-Vac.