College students create 'comfortable' Foof chairs
The bean bag chair in the Hope College fraternity house of Matt Jung, above left, and Chip George was leaking beads. By 1997 more bag than bean remained. George and Jung fixed it by jamming ripped-up couch cushions into the bag.
"It was the most comfortable chair in the house. Everybody would fight for it," George said.
The innovation was the start of the Foof chair and Comfort Research.
The pair bought a sewing machine and a 16-horsepower chipper to shred foam. Meijer Inc. bought 50 chairs and sold them in its East Lansing, Mich., store. The chairs that retail for about $45.
Things moved quickly from there. The two began contracting with a Mississippi factory to make the bags. Soon, they were dealing with stores like Room to Grow, Urban Outfitters and BJ's Wholesale Club.
They recently opened a new plant in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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