Jackson, Miss. (December 23, 2014) – OptimComfort, Inc., medical furniture design and manufacturing company, is locating manufacturing operations in Plantersville, Miss., in Lee County. The company will locate in the 27,000-square-foot facility formerly occupied by J. Ivy Industries. The project represents a $500,000 corporate investment and will create 70 jobs over the next three years.
OptimComfort’s Hybrid lift chair is designed for individuals affected by musculoskeletal and neurological impairments. The company currently has a showroom in Tupelo. Prior to OptimComfort officials’ decision to locate a manufacturing operation in Plantersville, they outsourced the operations to contractors.
“I appreciate the OptimComfort team for choosing to locate the manufacturing of its innovative medical lift chairs in Lee County and for creating 70 new job opportunities for the area’s workforce,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “The company could have located these operations out of state, and the fact they selected to locate in an existing facility in Plantersville serves as a testament to the strong business climate and workforce found in Mississippi. I wish the company many years of continued success.”
“My business partner Judith DeShong and I are committed to designing furniture that significantly improves the quality of life for physically challenged individuals and their caregivers. Our lift chairs not only maintain those individuals’ integrity, they are designed to ensure maximum comfort and support,” said OptimComfort President Angela Howard. “We are proud to begin manufacturing our furniture in Lee County and are grateful for the opportunity to employ 70 individuals from the town of Plantersville and the surrounding areas.”
The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for building renovations. The Tennessee Valley Authority provided assistance, as well.
“OptimComfort is a great example of the entrepreneurial spirit found in Mississippi, and we are glad to have assisted the company as it prepares to begin manufacturing its Hybrid lift chair in Plantersville,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “We thank our partners at the Community Development Foundation, Tennessee Valley Authority, the town of Plantersville and Lee County for their efforts in bringing this project to fruition.”
OptimComfort™, Inc. is focused on maintaining the physical and emotional integrity of individuals affected by musculoskeletal and neurological impairments. The company strives to promote optimal quality of life for physically impaired individuals and their caregivers. The company’s Hybrid lift chair offers custom enhancements to the familiar lift chair and are designed to fit and support the human body in comfort and style. The Hybrids are custom produced to satisfy specific needs resulting from neurological impairments and movement disorders such as cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.