BioFit Delivers Business Center Seating Alternative

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 Plus, the stylish design and durability of the stool offer an edgy and cost-effective choice compared to outdated carrels and counters.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.