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.

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.

Workrite Reversible Keyboard Makes Work Life Easier

It’s a great thing to be able to sit down at any desk and any time and begin working, no matter which way the keyboard is placed or is fixed. However, for some people this can be a daily challenge because they may not be comfortable with the “norm” way that the keyboard is positioned. For this reason, the Workrite reversible keyboard was designed to meet the challenge of those workers who prefer to have their keyboard positioned so that the mouse is on the left…or the right side, depending on their preference. With having the keyboard set for the specific way that accommodates them best, they’re better able to work more comfortably and be more productive in the time they do work. Instead of fighting and fussing with an un-friendly keyboard, they can just flip over the reversible keyboard and start working with ease.

Workrite Reversible Keyboard For All Office Situations

A Workrite Reversible Keyboard is also an ideal solution for whenever there are multiple users on the same computer, as in presentations or meetings. Instead of awkwardly maneuvering the keyboard around to try and accommodate the other user(s), the keyboard can simply flip over for right-handed or left-handed mouse users. With a simple turn and flip, the keyboard is then ready for use. For units that have the ultra-thin feature, the reversible keyboard also features the document holder and the cord manager that houses both the keyboard and the mouse.

Find a Workrite Monitor Arm at MC Ergo

When you have a job that requires you to stare at a monitor all day, it can give you a headache. It can also be a pain in the neck – literally – if you have to crane your neck to see it. If this is the case, you sound like you are in need of a quality monitor arm. Monitor arms are used to move your monitor where you need it. You can find a great Workrite monitor arm at the ergonomic experts, MC Ergo.

Discover the Joy of a Workrite Monitor Arm

If, for example, you stand a lot at your desk or work station, looking at schematics or large documents, but you still need to peer at your monitor often, a monitor arm would be perfect for you. With a Workrite monitor arm, you can change the position of your monitor and it will still remain precisely parallel. You can lift it up to allow more people to see it, you can turn it from either side if necessary. With a Workrite monitor arm, you will never have to crane your neck to see your monitor again.