MC Ergo brings its ergonomic office furniture to Hartford

Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 12:15 pm

By Howard French Journal Inquirer

Tolland’s MCergo office furniture supply company is going downtown.

The 34-year-old business is opening a satellite facility on the first floor
of the City Place building at 185 Asylum St. next week. It’ll be a downtown
showroom for the company’s office furnishings, including newly combined
work stations and exercise equipment.

“Our new location will allow us to showcase the latest ergonomic office
furniture including sit-to-stand conference tables, adjustable-height work
stations, treadmill desks, and our signature Bayside Seating line,” MCergo
President Ronald W. Regan said.

The new shop, which is next to the Max Downtown Restaurant, will have
limited hours to start, Regan said, likely 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or so, but will
offer appointments at any hour to accommodate customers. Appointments
can be arranged by calling 860-872-1234.

Details are available on the company website

In May 2010 the company moved to larger quarters in the former Dari Farms building at 40 Tolland Stage Road in Tolland. It spent a year renovating the 11,000-square-foot space, which is four times the size of the company’s previous 3,000-square-foot location inVernon.

Regan’s father, Ronald Sr., started the office furnishings distribution company in 1979 in East Hartford, moving it to Vernon 20 years ago. MCergo, which stands for “media control ergonomics,” specializes in ergonomically designed office chairs and work stations that can help reduce repetitive work-related disorders among a company’s work force, Regan says.

Introducing the Bourne Task Chair

As a certified workplace assessor with over 20 years’ experience, I’m always thinking about ways to increase comfort and productivity. I use an adjustable height desk in my office but still need a good task chair when I do sit at my desk. I realized that my ideal task chair really didn’t exist on the current market—so I designed my own: the Bourne task/conference chair.

The Bourne task/conference chair is the flagship product of our new Bayside Seating line. It is so named for two reasons, first, it “gave birth” to our new line and second, it was inspired by the countless summers I spent on Cape Cod growing up.

While designing the Bourne chair I thought about all of the things that I look for in a task and conference chair. The chair must be comfortable, easily adjustable and should “disappear” when you use it. I want a chair to be as environmentally friendly as possible, too, so I looked for ways to use recycled materials in my design.

One of the reasons I’m so proud of the Bourne chair is because it’s made of 78% recycled material and is a GREENGUARD certified product. I’m proud to offer a 10 year guarantee on every Bourne chair, too.

If you have any questions on the Bourne office chair, feel free to email us, tweet us at @MCergo or call us at 1-800-222-2456.

MCergo at the Tolland County Business Expo

Last night the MCergo team attended the Tolland County Business to Business Showcase held at Maneeley’s Banquet Hall in South Windsor. We showed off the brand new Focal Upright desk as well as our Bayside Seating Bourne chair. We enjoyed meeting many of you who stopped by our booth. If you missed the expo, drop us an email or tweet to us so we can catch up!

Demonstrating the Focal Upright Desk at the Tolland County Business Expo

Demonstrating the Focal Upright Desk at the Tolland County Business Expo

Tolland Country Business to Business Showcase Program


MCergo’s 10 Minute Workplace Assessment: Send Us Your Workstation Photos & You Could Win!

This week we’re launching our 10 Minute Workplace Assessments: you send us a picture of your workstation and we will recommend simple ergonomic improvements you can implement in as little as 10 minutes. Every participant who submits a photo is eligible to win a random drawing for $500 worth of ergonomic products!

To Get Started:

1. Take a picture!

Have a friend take a picture of you working at your desk. No posed photos! We want to see what you actually look like while working at your desk so candid photos only, please!

2. Send it to us!

Email us your name, company and your photo with a sentence or two describing your basic job function and what you like and dislike about your current setup. How long has your desk been this way? Do you feel any pain during your work day?

3. Read the blog!

We’ll share your photo and answer your questions with simple tips you can implement in as little as 10 minutes.

So what are you waiting for? Email us your picture today!

Each assessment will feature simple tips anyone can implement in minutes. Whether you want to ease eye strain or eliminate wrist soreness or back pain, we can customize an ergonomic solution for you.


What is Ergonomics?

Correct Ergonomic Posture

Pictured: A monitor arm, “banana board” keyboard tray, ergonomic office chair and adjustable sit/stand desk form a complete ergonomic solution for any office.

What is ergonomics?

The International Ergonomics Association defines ergonomics as the “scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of the interactions among humans and other elements of a system and the profession that applies theoretical principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well being and overall system performance.” But what does this really mean?

Ergonomics is concerned with optimizing workplace comfort to maximize safety and employee productivity. To start thinking about how ergonomics affects your daily life, ask yourself some basic questions. For example, how many hours per day do you spend sitting in front of your computer? Does your computer sit on a desk, counter or on your lap? Do you use an external keyboard, mouse or monitor? Do you strain to see your monitor? How comfortable are you in your desk chair? Does your neck or back ache by the end of the day? Are your wrists sore? Ergonomics asks and addresses all of these questions and if you answered yes to any of them, you have spent time thinking about ergonomics.

At MCErgo, we’ve been thinking about ergonomics since 1979.

If you’d like to learn how ergonomic tools can enhance your comfort & productivity, you’ve come to the right place. We offer custom solutions using field proven brands like WorkRite, Steelcase, Humanscale, Allseating and Symmetry Office as well as our own brand new Bayside Seating line of office chairs. We’ll work to identify the best products for your situation and budget. With our knowledge of the latest in ergonomic technologies, we can assure you that you’ll be getting the best.

Thanks for stopping by our newly re-launched blog. We’re looking forward to sharing the latest in ergonomics with you on a weekly basis. If you have any questions, email us, tweet to us or give us a call.

Wired Magazine: “Sitting is the New Smoking”

Corporate director and speaker Nilofer Merchant contends that “sitting has become the smoking of our generation,” in her speech at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California this week, according to Wired magazine.

“Sitting is so incredibly prevalent we don’t even question it. It doesn’t even occur to us that it’s not ok.”

It’s great to see more publicity for the standing desk movement. We carry a number of standing and adjustable height desks at MCergo including WorkRite, Idea at Work, Steelcase, Humanscale and Symmetry.

Elementary School Students Increase Productivity After Move to Yoga Balls

This morning Yahoo has a story on how the students at Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, have become more productive after switching to yoga balls rather than traditional desk chairs.

Kathy Matheson of the Associated Press writes:

The exercise gear is part a larger effort to modernize schools based on research linking physical activity with better learning, said John Kilbourne, a professor of movement science at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.


Traditional classroom setups are being challenged as teachers nationwide experiment with yoga balls, footrests and standing desks, which give children outlets to fidget without disrupting class.


“It’s the future of education,” Kilbourne said.

The whole article is an interesting read and well worth a few minutes of your time.

The Humanscale World Copy Drawer Eliminates Discomfort

The copy drawer that Humanscale World has designed is a great tool for eliminating strain on the neck and the back while you’re doing repetitive typing work. It never fails that after a long period of time while you’ve been whittling away at typing something, you’ll stop to take a stretching break and feel that twinge of pain in your neck or shoulders. This can happen of course to anyone and at anytime. It may be hard to take regular breaks while you’re working, and sometimes you may not even feel any discomfort until after you’ve finished your work. This may be because you’ve been sitting in one position for a long period of time. What the flexible Humanscale World copy drawer does is reduce the amount of neck and head movement that you would normally have while you’re working from a copy, by keeping the work directly in your site of view.

Productivity Soars With Humanscale World Copy Drawer

You’ll no doubt notice the difference almost immediately with the Humanscale World copy drawer because there will be no back stress or neck strain after a period of work. Your productivity will likely increase since you won’t have to stop as much, and also because you’ll be able to work and type for longer periods. The copy drawer, available in either putty or black color, is easy to use for almost any office set up. The drawer easily glides out when it’s in use, and safely stores away and out of sight when it’s not in use.