Pacific Coast Feather Company is a privately owned company headquartered in Seattle Washington. It is the market leader in the pillow and down comforter industry, selling...
Pacific Coast Feather Company is a privately owned company headquartered in Seattle Washington. It is the market leader in the pillow and down comforter industry, selling products under its own name and many other labels, such as Sealy, Calvin Klein and Dockers. The company operates manufacturing facilities throughout the United States, Canada and China, as well as a showroom in midtown Manhattan. In addition to pillows and comforter, PCF offers feather beds, covers, protectors and pillow shams. Pacific Coast Feather is owned by the Hanauer family. The Hanauer family became involved in the feather and pillow business when Jerry Hanauer's grandfather, Hoseph, founded Cannstatter Bed Feather Company in Stuttgart Germany in 1884. Because the Hanauers were Jewish, they were looking to flee Nazi Germany during the 1930s. Fritz Hanauer wrote to a number of feather companies in the United States. Seattle's Pacific Coast Feather Company replied saying it had a job for him. The company had been founded in 1924 by Mr. Cutler and Mr. Van Faklenburg but was now suffering through hard times. By 1940 the company had gone bankrupt and Fritz acquired the business. Under the management of the Hanauer family, PCF focused its efforts on serving the Pacific Northwest. At this time the pillow industry underwent a revolutionary change following the 1941 introduction of Dacron, which could serve as a substitute filler for feathers.
In 1991 PCF controlled a 10 percent share of the pillow market and 17 percent of the market in down comforters. Over the course of the 1900s the company enjoyed strong growth, as it increased it sale of pillows and comforters while adding a limited number of new products. PCF totaled $60 million in 1993, and $127 million in 1997, as the company continued to focus on pillows and comforters and promoting the Pacific Coast brand.