Pluie pilot product at The Fashion Mall – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana time

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) – A Chicago-based startup co-founded by an Indiana native has installed its self-sanitizing diaper changing tables at the Indianapolis Fashion Mall. Pluie says the move is part of a pilot project with Indy-based Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG) that could lead to expansion to other commercial properties across the country. Pluie uses a patented UV-C light system that is activated when the changing table is closed and sanitizes the cot within 60 seconds.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, co-founder and chief operating officer Brittany Hiter calls the pilot with Simon an honor.

“It really speaks to their dedication to improving the guest experience,” she said. “We also understand what this means in terms of Pluie’s future success and our ability to expand the business with partners such as Simon Property Group, given their size and reach across the country and around the world.”

Pluie was developed in 2018 by Hiser and CEO Addie Gundry. The company received a patent for its technology in 2019.

The changing table features a leak-proof foam cushion, retractable safety straps designed not to collect dirt when not in use, and multi-purpose handles to prevent bags and purses from being placed on a contaminated surface.

“With two children’s play areas, numerous kid-friendly retailers, family-friendly dining options and events such as Easter Bunny visits, The Fashion Mall is an Indiana family destination and we are proud to install Pluie changing tables to ensure that they feel welcome and comfortable throughout their stay with us, “said Danielle Parker, area director of marketing and business development for Simon, in a written comment.

In addition to The Fashion Mall, Pluie is currently available at HealthLinc in Mishawaka and Cathedral High School’s Innovation Center in Indy. The company plans to add Pluie to Carmel’s The Bridgewater Club and Wright’s 360 Academy, which has more headquarters than Indiana.

Outside of Indiana, the company installed Pluie as part of a pilot project with the CVS store in Illinois, as well as Legoland and the Peppa Pig theme park in Florida.

Hizer and Gundry are currently Pluie’s only two employees. The company uses contractors to manufacture and install the changing tables.

However, Hiser says Pluie is currently in the midst of an initial funding round, which he plans to use to hire more employees, particularly in sales and marketing. He says brand awareness is key to starting.

“We are a B2B company, but of course, we also have to win the hearts and minds of families, parents, healthcare professionals, and this is where we also see Simon Property Group, especially The Fashion Mall, which really helps us drive that visibility. and gain brand awareness of consumers “.

Hiser says she and Gundry envision Pluie developing more products besides changing tables. While she wouldn’t go into detail, she says there are several ideas in the works.

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