Getting America Moving Again with New PPE Products for Gyms, Restaurants, and More, Rieke Office Interiors Adds More Products to Popular New Line

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COVID-19 has made people feel fearful, but Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) is helping businesses get back on their feet by making sure their employees can get back to work safely. Their unique line of SafeSpace™ PPE equipment for the office has been so popular, they have expanded to gyms, restaurants, bars, and countless other settings.

The new SafeDivide unit provides a barrier as these women exercise on treadmills.

"We’ve had a couple competitors call us asking for several thousand of our products to service their customers’ needs. This has inspired us to create a 'Dealer' program that we are now launching throughout the U.S."

COVID-19 has made people feel fearful, but Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) is helping businesses get back on their feet by making sure their employees can get back to work safely. Their unique line of SafeSpace™ PPE equipment for the office has been so popular, they have expanded to gyms, restaurants, bars, and countless other settings.

Everyone needs to be able to get back to work and to know they can do that safely. Still, employees also have lives outside work and routines that help to keep them fit and mentally healthy. Working out at the gym, going out for dinner, or meeting friends for a drink all play a role in that. ROI knows this firsthand because “Work hard, play hard,” has been part of their company culture, too.

Inspiration for the first SafeSpace™ products—specially designed protective shields, panels, and panel extenders--came from the face shields that doctors are wearing to protect themselves from COVID-19. Seeing how their customers and the public have responded to these new products, one of their salespeople suggested they expand to help even more businesses.

The new SafeDivide unit began as a way to allow people to get back into the gym, separating people safely without making them feel isolated, whether on a treadmill, a bike, or an elliptical. This unit comes in a variety of sizes but can be as large as eight feet high and four feet wide. It has been modified to work perfectly at beauty salons, restaurants, and bars, too.

ROI has also designed Panel Risers, extending the height of workstation panels, and they work on any cubicle system. ROI president Melissa Kehl, said, “People still want the open office feel, so adding the acrylic to the top of the panels allows for natural light to still go through the office. Our product is able to go on any panel system, not just our brand. With our custom capabilities and my amazing team, we feel our product line can be modified to fit most commercial environment needs.”

Customers obviously agree as hundreds of orders have poured in during the first three weeks after the SafeSpace™ products hit the market. They ranged from a few items to several thousand on a single order alone.

Kehl noted, “We’ve had a couple competitors call us asking for several thousand of our products to service their customers’ needs. This has inspired us to create a 'Dealer' program that we are now launching throughout the U.S. We are turning our sales reps into a national sales team to establish relationships with furniture dealers around the country. This network of dealers will allow us to help businesses around the country get back to work, help dealers backfill some of their revenue shortfall during the COVID-19 pandemic, and establish a foundation for future nationwide product offerings.”

Just as the orders have flooded in, so has the praise. Kehl said people are excited about how nice they look in their space, and how they blend in to give their employees a sense of normalcy while being safe. “I even have companies wanting us to make them for their specific customers,” she added.

Michelle Amore, owner of Precision Human Performance, said, “I love our new SafeDivide unit. It is the perfect size, and it blends right into the gym.” Kehl shared that another customer, Kane County Government, said, “Your staff is pleasant and helpful, and the product is great.” They loved it so much they placed an order one day, and then bought more the next.

Another customer, Echo, told Kehl they felt the acrylic barrier would allow the office to still feel open and not closed in while letting the staff feel safe.

When looking over their PPE product line at https://rieke.com/safespace-rx/, consider the options for the base--acrylic or laminate. Over 80 percent of customer orders have chosen the laminate base, something that sets ROI’s SafeSpace™ products apart from competitors. In addition, Kehl said, “I was also surprised that 28 percent of our orders have been for custom manufactured shields, which plays to our custom manufacturing strength and allows customers to get the best solution for their needs.”

SafeSpace™ products are safe, secure, and offer satisfaction to business owners at all levels.

For more information, contact their sales team through https://rieke.com/safespace-rx/.

About Rieke Office Interiors
Rieke Office Interiors (ROI) has an impressive, state-of-the-art, 150,000 square foot, office furniture manufacturing facility in Elgin, Illinois. As a certified WBE business in its 27th year, ROI provides innovative products and services that are fully customizable, a unique capability that isn’t found anywhere else in the office interior industry. This flexibility allows ROI to create a big impact for any budget, streamlining the project process to make each vision come to life. For more information, visit Rieke.com.

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