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REAL ESTATE
January 27, 1985
Los angeles-based Somma Mattress co., has acquired an $8-million, 16 acre facility from Continental Can Co. at Southern Pacific and Indiana streets for its new headquarters and manufacturing center for regional, national and worldwide operations as a major supplier. The 540,000-square-foot, one-story structure is the largest single facility in the nation for mattress production, according to Angie Echevarria, president.
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REAL ESTATE
January 27, 1985
Los angeles-based Somma Mattress co., has acquired an $8-million, 16 acre facility from Continental Can Co. at Southern Pacific and Indiana streets for its new headquarters and manufacturing center for regional, national and worldwide operations as a major supplier. The 540,000-square-foot, one-story structure is the largest single facility in the nation for mattress production, according to Angie Echevarria, president.
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BUSINESS
March 21, 1989
Paul Jarvis has been named executive vice president-sales and marketing at Somma Mattress Co. He fills the post vacated by Tom Hatch. Jarvis previously headed his own consulting firm, Creative Marketing Execution Inc., Middletown, N.J.
BUSINESS
July 13, 1996 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court jury in Orange County found that a Los Angeles mattress company had conspired to steal a tubular water bed design, and it awarded $95 million Friday to a Kansas City firm. The judgment against Somma Mattress Co. and its owner, Angel M. Echevarria, came after a two-day trial on a lawsuit brought by General Bedding Corp. Somma and Echevarria will attack the judgment in post-trial motions, said its lawyer, James B. Andres of Newport Beach.
NEWS
March 25, 1988 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, Times Staff Writer
Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, a prim and proper man who wants to be President, loosened up in East Los Angeles on Thursday in his pursuit of the Democratic nomination, flopping down on a water bed, to the ecstatic delight of a horde of jostling, pushing, elbow-swinging photographers and television camera-crew members. "See you later, guys, I'm not getting up," Dukakis said.
HOME & GARDEN
July 23, 1994 | CYNDI Y. NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like a Rolls-Royce, a Rolex or court-side season tickets for the Lakers, the La Cornue stove is the ultimate. La Cornue, a professional French stove, is meticulously crafted. Made of hand-polished stainless steel, nickel-plated steel and solid brass, the stove has no visible screws for an absolute heat seal.
NEWS
November 3, 1988 | LEE HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
Angel Echevarria was born in Puerto Rico and raised in poverty in New York's Spanish Harlem. But his humble beginnings did not stop him from becoming a success. Even though he never attended college, Echevarria became president of a multimillion-dollar company. Echevarria believes that today's students might achieve success through hard work, much as he did, but that their chances are better if they continue their education.
BUSINESS
April 4, 1989 | JOHN CHARLES TIGHE, Times Staff Writer
A small Santa Ana firm has won a patent infringement battle against Somma Mattress Co., a Los Angeles-based water-bed maker that has been successful at using its patent to keep competitors out of a growing segment of the water-bed market. E&S Vinyl Manufacturing was one of eight firms to be sued by Somma in the past 5 years for allegedly infringing on its patent for a water-filled tube used in some water beds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1990 | RICH CONNELL and TRACY WOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A veteran aide and Eastside representative of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley abruptly resigned Thursday, only one month after being elevated to a key economic development post in the mayor's office. Art Gastelum, 40, who has been with Bradley's office for 17 years, will depart today to take a position with Somma Mattress Co., a large Los Angeles water bed manufacturer headed by Angel Echevarria, a longtime Bradley supporter and one of the mayor's city utility commissioners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1987 | RICHARD SIMON and LEONARD GREENWOOD, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles City Hall was no longer home to the homeless Friday as the City Council voted to move them to a new, temporary shelter in Little Tokyo, despite objections by local merchants. Their complaints that the action could harm redevelopment in the area was the first community opposition to the council's weeklong effort to aid those who have no place to go to escape the nighttime cold. The city opened an abandoned building at 411 East 1st St.
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