BioFit News

February 23, 2011

BioFit Engineered Products, an Ohio-based manufacturer and long-standing leader in the development of ergonomic seating solutions worldwide, is pleased to announce the addition of Judy Kolo-Rose as Marketing Director. In this position, Ms. Kolo-Rose will bring her expertise in marketing communications, branding strategies and new product development to support BioFit's continued growth.

Ms. Kolo-Rose has over two decades experience in marketing leadership and advisory roles in industries including equipment manufacturing, industrial & consumer, high tech, and higher education.  

"We are very excited to have Judy join the BioFit family," said Ed Metzger, President of BioFit. "With her proven successful track record as a marketing manager and advisor, we're confident that she'll be a great asset to our team and instrumental in our continued success."

Headquartered in Bowling Green, Ohio, BioFit Engineered Products is an industry-leading manufacturer of LEED® certified ergonomic seating, GREENGUARD certified tables, carts, and specialty products for healthcare, laboratory, office, industrial, educational, bio- and high-tech, hospitality and custom environments. To learn more about BioFit, visit www.biofit.com, call 800-597-0246 or email biofit@biofit.com.



January 18, 2011

BioFit Engineered Products, a long standing leader in the development of ergonomic furnishing solutions, today introduced a unique addition to the company’s product line with the Afton™ mobile folding table. The Ohio based manufacturer’s new S-shaped table was created to give new aesthetic and floor plan configuration options to the interior design market. Developed for educational, institutional and hospitality environments as well as food courts and event centers, the Afton is another example of BioFit’s objective of bringing aesthetically appealing furniture design to a variety of industries while maintaining the ergonomic performance and product durability for which the company has been known for nearly 20 years. 

The Afton is made with durable materials, including a 14-gauge steel base, and is built for comfort, safety, and quick and easy set-up, take-down, and storage. It features an anti-pinch gap as well as BioFit’s ComfortRim™ edge profile, which is gentle on users’ forearms and stops food and other debris from getting trapped in the table top banding. Reinforcing BioFit’s commitment to the welfare of their end-use customers and the environment, the Afton is LEED® compliant for use in commercial interiors and is GREENGUARD™ Indoor Air Quality and Children & Schools certified. As with all BioFit products, the Afton carries an upfront 13 year warranty.

The Afton, whose name and appearance is inspired by the River Afton in Ayrshire, Scotland, is an innovative addition to the company’s EdgeScape™ Designer Table series, according to Liz Sworden, BioFit’s Director of Marketing. “The flowing pattern and natural wave of the Afton envelops its users, which we think will give a more relaxed, ‘cozy’ feeling, not to mention that it’s more aesthetically pleasing to the eye than the standard rectangular table.” The distinctive physical appearance of the Afton, Sworden notes, “will open a world of design possibilities to many markets when compared to more traditional open settings, particularly as it can be used alone or harmoniously with other BioFit table models.”
Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, BioFit Engineered Products is a leading manufacturer and global provider of LEED-compliant ergonomic seating, GREENGUARD-certified cafeteria and mobile tables, carts and specialty products for educational, office, laboratory, industrial, bio- and high tech, healthcare, hospitality and custom environments. For more information, visit biofit.com or call 800-597-0246.



October 19, 2009

BioFit Engineered Products, an Ohio-based manufacturer and long-standing leader in the development of ergonomic furnishing solutions, today introduced the first model in its new EdgeScape™ table line: the Avant™. Featuring an unprecedented contoured table top shape and proprietary edge profile, the Avant was designed to facilitate communication between users in educational, hospitality, business and institutional settings while providing a stylish look and array of options over more traditional mobile folding tables. The Avant joins BioFit’s other table lines in earning GREENGUARD® indoor air quality and Children and Schools certifications as well as meeting U.S. Green Building Council LEED® compliance standards for use in commercial interiors.

According to BioFit President Ed Metzger, the Avant was developed to meet demand within interior design and architectural circles for aesthetically pleasing, highly functional and easily deployable tables. “The sweeping yet symmetrical lines of the Avant give designers, event center planners and institutional decision makers a new choice when laying out meeting areas and dining facilities,” stated Metzger. He continued: “Used alone or in groups, the Avant footprint maximizes space as if it were a more common, geometrically shaped table, with the added advantage of allowing users seated in offset positions to partially face each other. This enables more effective communication as those seated at the Avant can naturally speak in a lower voices than while seated at traditionally shaped tables when talking amongst themselves, which also decreases the overall ambient noise of the room or hall.” Metzger concluded saying prototype development was well underway for subsequent models of the company’s new EdgeScape table series, so named for the proprietary, sculptured ComfortRim™ edge profile of each design in the line.

In addition to its unique table top and edge profile, the Avant is the first BioFit table to come standard with a new non-marring, gray, easy-roll caster. Available in 10-foot and 12-foot lengths, all Avant tables feature a 14-guage, robotically welded steel frame, 12 round ABS seats with waterfall edge, a recessed vertical hinge with automatic locking mechanism, torsion-bar-assisted easy folding system, anti-pinch protection and a variety of laminate top and powder-coated frame or chrome finishes. Both the 10- and 12-foot models are available in 27- and 29-inch heights. Like all BioFit tables, the Avant carries a 13-year warranty.

For additional information on BioFit ergonomic seating, tables and accessories, visit www.biofit.com or call at 800-597-0246.

Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, BioFit Engineered Products is a leading manufacturer and global provider of LEED-compliant ergonomic seating, GREENGUARD-certified cafeteria and mobile tables, carts and specialty products for educational, office, laboratory, industrial, bio- and high-tech, healthcare, hospitality, and custom environments.



June 22, 2009

BioFit Engineered Products, an Ohio-based manufacturer and leader in the development of ergonomic solutions, proudly announces the launch of a new department to fabricate custom seating and tables for rehabilitating workers and non-traditional workspaces. With the establishment of its uFit department, BioFit can now outfit workers undergoing therapy with one-of-a-kind chairs, stools and mobile folding tables to accommodate their specific injury or disability, aiding with workplace re-acclimation and the accomplishment of job-related tasks. In addition to encompassing all core marketplaces which BioFit currently serves, company officials confirm the new uFit department is capable of producing one-off seating and tables for an extensive variety of workspaces, including those with unusual space limitations.

“BioFit literally manufactures thousands of combinations of ergonomic seating products and a comprehensive line of tables for healthy workers worldwide using standard and readily available components. With the engineering know-how, skilled workforce and proper equipment already in place, it was not a great leap for us to offer custom-made seating and tables for the occupational therapy market and work areas with unique dimensions or space limitations,” explained Ed Metzger, president of BioFit. He continued: “We have always prided ourselves in delivering products to aid in worker comfort and performance. With the establishment of uFit, there’s a true feeling of satisfaction company-wide as we begin using our ergonomic and manufacturing expertise to produce the same caliber of seating and tables for those workers recovering from physical injury by making in-house modifications to parts such as steel tubing, formed plywood seat and backrest supports, and upholstery. I firmly believe there is no better way to use our resources than to help those who can likely benefit the most by building products not only for specific tasks and spaces, but for the individual, physical capabilities of recovering workers striving to get back on the job – and helping to ensure their success once they do.”

Practitioners, employers, insurance companies, government agencies or therapy patients themselves can coordinate directly with a BioFit customer service representative who is dedicated solely to the uFit department regarding the distinct needs of the end user, workspace requirements and seating or table specifications. Upon design approval, BioFit will communicate production and delivery timing.



June 08, 2009

BioFit Engineered Products, an Ohio-based manufacturer and long-standing leader in the development of ergonomic seating solutions, announced today that its Intensive Plus line of 500-lb. capacity, continuous use chairs recently were rated compliant with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) requirements for 24-hour intensive use in severe environments. Compliance was contingent upon sample seating passing a multi-phase GSA evaluation protocol and conducted at an accredited third-party facility. Successfully meeting the GSA standard further supports BioFit in-house testing results, providing additional validation of the Intensive Plus as a fresh, bona fide alternative to late generation products within the intensive use category across a range of industries.

BioFit voluntarily submitted sample seating to Intertek Testing Laboratories in Kentwood, Michigan, for an objective, third-party evaluation in accordance with GSA FNEW 83-269E, Performance Test Method for Intensive Use Chairs. The protocol included a series of four cyclic durability and load tests of the backrest, seat and tilt mechanism of the chair. Compliance in two back durability and tilt mechanism cyclic tests was granted only if the chair and all pertinent components did not lose serviceability as a result of testing. In the case of the fourth portion of the protocol, the Cyclic Increasing Back Load Test, the acceptance level was achieved when a 175-lb. load level had been completed. The BioFit Intensive Plus chair did not sustain damage during any part of the evaluation protocol, receiving a passing grade in each phase.

“While we were extremely confident in submitting the Intensive Plus for the GSA intensive use evaluation, meeting its strident requirements not only backs up testing conducted by of our engineering division, but gives the Intensive Plus the pedigree needed to instill an even higher level of confidence in those users who are unfamiliar with BioFit and may not have readily considered our entry into the intensive use arena,” stated BioFit Director of Engineering, Jim Frobose. Liz Sworden, the company’s director of marketing, added: “BioFit has many long-standing relationships with customers in the emergency services, government, and commercial sectors who maintain 24-hour continuous operation centers. With the Intensive Plus line, we’ve brought to bear years of expertise in ergonomics engineering, resulting in a chair with stylish, yet dependable features and functionality to enhance the user experience and help optimize their work performance.”

Featuring a fully contoured profile, the Intensive Plus chair is rated for a 500-lb. capacity, has a 21-inch wide saddle-shaped seat with a waterfall front to ensure even weight distribution, and comes standard with an executive style seat pan control so users can quickly and easily adjust the seat position. The chair’s 20-inch wide backrest is molded to provide lumbar and kidney support, and a polished, 5-point, star-shaped aluminum base affords even more support with 3 inch diameter, dual-wheel casters which are load rated at 165 pounds each. Glides are also available instead of casters, and other options include 4 armrest styles.



May 15, 2009

BioFit Engineered Products, an Ohio-based manufacturer and long-standing leader in the development of ergonomic seating solutions, announced that its full line of seating products recently earned compliance under the indoor air quality requirements set forth by Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) Furniture Emissions Standards. Subsequently, specifiers of any BioFit seating product for use in commercial interiors are now eligible to receive credits under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

BioFit voluntarily submitted sample seating to Berkeley Analytical Associates in Richmond, California, for objective, third-party testing of volatile organic compound emission levels. The evaluation was conducted in accordance with certification requirements per the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/BIFMA protocol M7.1-2007, Mid-size Chamber Test. Product emissions during the 168-hour test period were measured to determine the levels of potential pollutants. In addition to total VOCs, measurements included emissions of other select, harmful compounds including a variety of aldehydes. At the end of the evaluation, it was determined that BioFit seating successfully met the ANSI/BIFMA requirements, and by doing so was also rated compliant under the requirements of LEED CI EQ Credit 4.5, Low Emitting Material, Systems Furniture and Seating, Option C.

According to BioFit President Ed Metzger, meeting the ANSI/BIFMA and LEED standards is the latest in a substantial list of green accomplishments for BioFit. “We’ve long considered ourselves an industry standard-bearer when it comes to environmental stewardship,” Metzger explained. “Walking the walk by voluntarily undergoing and passing the rigorous ANSI/BIFMA air quality evaluation was one of the goals we set for this year. While we’re pleased this benchmark will allow our new and existing customers to get credits under LEED, even more importantly, we’re proud in the knowledge that end users will not be put at risk from indoor air pollutants generated from our products.” Of note, all BioFit table lines earned GREENGUARD indoor air quality and Children and Schools certifications earlier this year, making them LEED-compliant as well.

For more information on ANSI/BIFMA Standard M7.1-2007, visit www.bifma.org.



May 11, 2009

BioFit Engineered Products, an Ohio-based manufacturer and long-standing leader in the development of ergonomic seating solutions worldwide, announced today that Rusty Benschoter has been elevated to the position of National Sales and Marketing Manager. In this role, Mr. Benschoter will lead BioFit’s U.S. and Canadian sales initiatives – including the reinvigoration of present markets and cultivation of new industry channels for the company’s task-specific and multipurpose product offerings.

Mr. Benschoter came to BioFit in 2005 from the Eaton Corporation, where he was a regional sales manager. Since joining BioFit, he has served as the Central U.S. and Eastern Canada Regional Sales Supervisor, heading sales in a territory encompassing a number Midwestern and southern states as well as the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Over the past four years, he has been instrumental in the successful launch of several new products and the explosive growth of the company’s folding mobile table division.

“When planning our search for a new National Sales and Marketing Manager, we determined the key prerequisite for our choice would be someone who set the standard for BioFit’s corporate values of integrity, excellence, respect and innovation from day one,” stated Ed Metzger, President of BioFit. “As it turned out, we had to look no further than our own backyard. Rusty Benschoter embodies all these values plus, brings big-corporation process and drive to an already outstanding field sales force. With a burning desire for success and sustainable steady growth, Rusty is set to deliver added value and character to the BioFit family and our customers.”

Mr. Benschoter replaces the semi-retiring Max Church as BioFit’s national sales manager. With over 35-years experience in the seating industry, Mr. Church has been with BioFit since its establishment in 1993, and for nearly 20 years with two other seating companies. In serving as national sales manager for the past 16 years, Mr. Church has played an integral role in shepherding the one-time furniture startup to its current form as a 100+ employee, $20-million globally recognized specialty seating provider. He will remain on staff part-time, assisting with Mr. Benschoter’s transition, participating in sales calls on an ad hoc basis, and overseeing lead qualification and state contract sales.

Headquartered in Bowling Green, Ohio, BioFit Engineered Products is an industry-leading manufacturer of LEED® certified ergonomic seating, GREENGUARD certified tables, carts, and specialty products for healthcare, laboratory, office, industrial, educational, bio- and high-tech, hospitality, and custom environments. To learn more about BioFit, visit www.biofit.com, call 800-597-0246 or email biofit@biofit.com.



May 08, 2009

Unique 1Y Stool Connects with Convention, Travel and Hospitality Markets

BioFit Engineered Products, an Ohio-based manufacturer and long-standing leader in the development of ergonomic seating solutions, is providing hotels, convention centers and airports with an option to traditional business-center seating with its wall-mountable, swing-arm 1Y stool. Available in a variety of configurations, the unusual yet functional 1Y gives travelers more ergonomic comfort and support while conducting business on the road. Plus, the stylish design and durability of the stool offer an edgy and cost-effective choice compared to outdated carrels and counters. Based on preliminary customer feedback and the results of utilization studies, the 1Y appears to be ideal for this critical role in the hospitality marketplace.

Building on a commitment to helping customers get the most from their budgets by manufacturing “the right chair for the job,” BioFit is providing architects, designers and facility specifiers with a new seating option for business centers – its wall-mountable, swing arm 1Y stool. BioFit Director of Marketing Liz Sworden explained, “When you get right down to it, our chairs are an integral workspace tool which can play a big part in the success – or failure – of user job performance. As technology and the way people conduct business continually evolves, we strive to develop products to keep in step with their needs. By placing the 1Y in business centers, we give road warriors a comfortable yet ergonomically correct seat to help keep them alert and performing at the top of their game while they conduct rapid snippets of business, whether it be the first call off the flight to close a deal or participation in an on-line meeting from the trade show floor.” Sworden continued: “The small footprint, ergonomic characteristics and unique design features of the 1Y make it perfect for use in this capacity. With space being at such a premium in hotels, airport concourses, and exposition halls, an ergonomically correct chair that uses minimal floor space when in use -- and none when it’s not -- is a logical choice. Plus, since the chair is mounted directly to the station or adjacent wall, it is always there when it’s needed.”

The flexible BioFit 1Y features a swiveling base with a pivoting arm that can be securely mounted to any stable vertical surface, allowing it to swing out of the way while not in use and stay put while it is. The 1Y was designed to serve in a variety of environments where space constraints are a primary consideration, ranging from hospitals and training sites to assembly lines and deli counters. Some of the more innovative uses of the 1Y include installation as computer station seating in an underwater research laboratory operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and in the sleeper cab of a truck. The 1Y is available in many chair and stool configurations, comes in a wide range of upholstery options, and is backed by an industry-leading 13-year warranty.

“We are currently engineering a self-retraction component for the 1Y so it will automatically return to its “stored” position when not in use,” Sworden added. “We think it’s just another step we can take to increase safety by eliminating a potential aisle-way hazard while saving users or facility staff the extra motion of sliding a chair under a work surface.” She concluded by stating this feature would be available later in 2009.

BioFit provides seating for a variety of work settings to customers worldwide and furnishes 1Y swing-arm stools to such prominent facilities as the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, which installed 1Y stools exclusively in its new iCove business centers. To learn more about the 1Y and the full line of seating solutions from BioFit Engineered Products, contact Liz Sworden of BioFit Engineered Products at 800.597.0246 or visit www.biofit.com to get a quote.

Headquartered in Bowling Green, Ohio, BioFit Engineered Products is an industry-leading manufacturer of LEED® certified ergonomic seating, GREENGUARD certified tables, carts, and specialty products for hospitality, healthcare, laboratory, office, industrial, educational, bio- and high-tech, and custom environments. To learn more about BioFit, visit www.biofit.com, call 800-597-0246 or email biofit@biofit.com.



March 17, 2009

Ergonomic manufacturer now provides even more worker-friendly and value-added solutions

Bowling Green, OH, March 17, 2009 – BioFit Engineered Products, an Ohio-based manufacturer and long-standing leader in the development of ergonomic seating, is arming the laboratory marketplace with additional products and resources to combat repetitive motion disorders and maintain a financial advantage in spite of today’s grim economic forecast. To kickoff 2009, the company followed-up its recent ArmorSeat™ roll out with a one-piece polyshell line of chairs called the KX Series, and launched a new lab-specific micro site, biofitlaboratory.com. Coupled with the ArmorSeat, the KX Series bolsters BioFit’s line of specialty seating and provides specifiers with a pair of durable, cost-effective options to traditional non-upholstered laboratory chairs. And, biofitlaboratory.com allows users to easily match the right product to a particular need in addition to linking to BioFit’s Build Your Own Chair online configurator.

The new products and website are part of BioFit’s commitment to helping its customers successfully make it through the current economic turmoil. According to BioFit Director of Marketing, Liz Sworden, “With the KX polyshell, our goal was to manufacture a more versatile seating option for lab users. By combining enhanced ergonomics with proven engineering and a vibrant color palette, we ended up with a durable, highly functional and attractive chair that fits larger body types and is designed to prevent the repetitive motion disorders that are all too common in intensive seating environments. Perhaps just as significantly, we’re able to offer the new KX series at the same price as our old polyshell model which is especially advantageous as customers deal with today’s recession.” Sworden added that the roomy 18-inch wide KX Series chairs are available with a variety of options and are covered under BioFit’s 13-year warranty.

Regarding biofitlaboratory.com, Sworden explained, “We provide literally thousands of product combinations to a range of industries, and we wanted to help simplify the decision-making process for those seeking seating solutions through our website. In short – we wanted to make sure users were easily finding the right chair for their distinct purpose. So we not only revamped the look and navigation of our corporate site, biofit.com, but in reviewing the way we categorized products online, we determined it made the most sense to divide one comprehensive repository of seating combinations into the six primary markets we serve, one of which is the lab market.” She added that users will find the updated version of biofit.com as well as biofitlaboratory.com and its sister micro sites each contain familiar features such as the Build You Own Chair (BYOC) configurator and the Get-A-Quote 24-hour on-line quote request form. All sites also feature easy access to government contract and ergonomics information.

In conclusion, Sworden stated that BioFit considers the investment of its laboratory chairs as money well spent: “We initiated a strategy in 2008 to position not only ourselves to survive the situation facing the global economy, but to provide our customers with tools and products they could use to make it to the other side right along with us. Now more than ever, we understand it’s absolutely critical to deliver a reliable product so our customers won’t be exposed to the potential for expensive repair and replacement cost over time, not to mention the increased chance of future workers’ compensation liabilities.

BioFit furnishes seating to laboratory customers worldwide, including such prominent organizations as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Michigan. To learn more about KX Series seating and BioFit’s new micro site devoted to the laboratory market, visit www.biofitlaboratory.com or call 800-597-0246.



March 17, 2009

Ergonomic manufacturer now provides even more worker-friendly and value-added solutions

BioFit Engineered Products, an Ohio-based manufacturer and long-standing leader in the development of ergonomic seating, is arming the laboratory marketplace with additional products and resources to combat repetitive motion disorders and maintain a financial advantage in spite of today’s grim economic forecast. To kickoff 2009, the company followed-up its recent ArmorSeat™ roll out with a one-piece polyshell line of chairs called the KX Series, and launched a new lab-specific micro site, biofitlaboratory.com. Coupled with the ArmorSeat, the KX Series bolsters BioFit’s line of specialty seating and provides specifiers with a pair of durable, cost-effective options to traditional non-upholstered laboratory chairs. And, biofitlaboratory.com allows users to easily match the right product to a particular need in addition to linking to BioFit’s Build Your Own Chair online configurator.

The new products and website are part of BioFit’s commitment to helping its customers successfully make it through the current economic turmoil. According to BioFit Director of Marketing, Liz Sworden, “With the KX polyshell, our goal was to manufacture a more versatile seating option for lab users. By combining enhanced ergonomics with proven engineering and a vibrant color palette, we ended up with a durable, highly functional and attractive chair that fits larger body types and is designed to prevent the repetitive motion disorders that are all too common in intensive seating environments. Perhaps just as significantly, we’re able to offer the new KX series at the same price as our old polyshell model which is especially advantageous as customers deal with today’s recession.” Sworden added that the roomy 18-inch wide KX Series chairs are available with a variety of options and are covered under BioFit’s 13-year warranty.

Regarding biofitlaboratory.com, Sworden explained, “We provide literally thousands of product combinations to a range of industries, and we wanted to help simplify the decision-making process for those seeking seating solutions through our website. In short – we wanted to make sure users were easily finding the right chair for their distinct purpose. So we not only revamped the look and navigation of our corporate site, biofit.com, but in reviewing the way we categorized products online, we determined it made the most sense to divide one comprehensive repository of seating combinations into the six primary markets we serve, one of which is the lab market.” She added that users will find the updated version of biofit.com as well as biofitlaboratory.com and its sister micro sites each contain familiar features such as the Build You Own Chair (BYOC) configurator and the Get-A-Quote 24-hour on-line quote request form. All sites also feature easy access to government contract and ergonomics information.

In conclusion, Sworden stated that BioFit considers the investment of its laboratory chairs as money well spent: “We initiated a strategy in 2008 to position not only ourselves to survive the situation facing the global economy, but to provide our customers with tools and products they could use to make it to the other side right along with us. Now more than ever, we understand it’s absolutely critical to deliver a reliable product so our customers won’t be exposed to the potential for expensive repair and replacement cost over time, not to mention the increased chance of future workers’ compensation liabilities.

BioFit furnishes seating to laboratory customers worldwide, including such prominent organizations as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Michigan. To learn more about KX Series seating and BioFit’s new micro site devoted to the laboratory market, visit www.biofitlaboratory.com or call 800-597-0246.



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