Commercial furniture maker donates free outdoor chairs to reopening restaurants
WHITESTOWN, Ind. - Indiana commercial furniture maker Facility Concepts Inc. (FCI) is providing free outdoor chairs to local businesses to assist them in reopening. The company specializes in furniture for restaurants and cafeterias.
Indianapolis is in the process of allowing restaurants to reopen their outdoor seating areas. But many do not have adequate seating, and lack the funds required to purchase.
"As a demonstration of support to our neighbors, the local community, and restaurant businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Facility Concepts will be offering to donate outdoor chairs free of charge from our inventory to any qualifying non chain establishments in the downtown area in need to reopen," the company wrote on its Facebook page.
FCI President Ken Weaver told WTHR News that he got the idea after a restaurant called looking for outdoor seating. They said they needed something quick and cheap because they were struggling finanially.
The furniture maker is offering six of its outdoor chair models. They normally sell for $150 each.
Facility Concepts, one of the country’s largest producers of seating and décor furniture, produces chairs, booths, tables, cabinetry, and outdoor furniture for the education, entertainment, food service, hospitality, and retail industries. Its clients include McDonald’s, Burger King, and Indiana University. In 2017, the company invested $10 million to move to its current facility in Whitestown, Indiana. The company employs around 120.

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