Comfort Research turns to mask making

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Grand Rapids-based Comfort Research it partnered with an undisclosed local health care system to supply 25,000 units and can produce more. Courtesy Comfort Research

A Grand Rapids-based maker of “comfort” seating is mobilizing its design and sewing teams to produce personal protection masks during COVID-19.

Grand Rapids-based Comfort Research said last week that it partnered with an undisclosed local health care system to supply 25,000 units and can produce more.

“Like companies around the globe, Comfort Research is leveraging our talented team to support the critical need for masks,” said Chip George, co-founder of Comfort Research. “We have been reaching out to our West Michigan network to see how we can help and are happy to be able to do our part.”

Comfort Research is the creator of the brand Big Joe, a collection of “affordable and fun” indoor, outdoor and pool furniture.

The Grand Rapids facility houses several thousand yards of fabric, along with other sewing materials and employs a sew team, in addition to designers.

“Our company takes immense pride in living our core values, every day, but especially in times where we can step up and act,” said Matt Jung, co-founder. “We always expect the best, find a better way and do the right thing. The right thing for our team right now is to help meet this need. We have supplies and talent, so we got to work.”

Bulk packs of 500 masks are available for purchase at buybigjoe.com, but the company’s focus is on connecting to organizations that have specific needs they can fulfill.

“We’ve created several iterations to ensure comfort and functionality,” Jung said.

Added George: “We’ve found that there are a lot of different needs based on what the masks are being used for. Our team is ready to support specific designs and requests.”

Inquiries about partnerships can be directed to matt@comfortresearch.com and chip@comfortresearch.com.

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