Monticello producer designed pivot from restaurant furniture to pandemic provides

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Like several corporations, Oak Avenue Manufacturing in Our City Monticello had to pivot all through the pandemic.

They make home furnishings for restaurants this kind of as booths, tables and seating by means of wholesale suppliers. When the pandemic compelled lots of dining places to shut down indoor eating or close, that impacted 95% of Oak Street’s consumer base. They were being concerned about what it would indicate for the long run of the business enterprise.

CEO Tom Bagge said they took a phase again to figure out what they could make that would offer.

“Is there something that we can acquire that suits into the cafe scheme very well, much better than possibly a little something off the shelf, some thing we could do incredibly speedily,” Bagge reported.

They arrived up with hand sanitizer stations and, afterwards, handwashing stations so eating places could present a way to make consumers feel far more at ease. Bagge mentioned the reaction for the hand sanitizer stations was mind-boggling and they could not make them rapid ample.

Now, demand from customers from dining places is back again. And though they’re dealing with some sourcing and supply problems like numerous businesses that create products, they’re delighted to after once more provide seating in places to eat.

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