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Grand Rapids company Comfort Research pivots to produce masks to fight COVID-19

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Posted at 6:23 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 18:28:12-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Friday afternoon, Comfort Research announced that In response to an increased need for personal protection equipment, the Grand-Rapids based company has mobilized its design and sew teams to produce masks.

The company has partnered with a local health care system to supply 25,000 masks and has capacity to 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 best known as the creators of its 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 of Comfort Research. “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.