The Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) announced today that Fort Defiance Industries (FDI) has received the 2021 TNCPE Interest Award.   An organization recognized with the Interest Award demonstrates commitment to applying performance improvement principles.

Chris Yerger, Founder and CEO of Fort Defiance Industries, said “It is encouraging, in our quest for excellence at FDI, to receive the 2021 TNCPE Interest Award and to be among Tennessee’s leading organizations. I am excited about the next steps as we seek to achieve the TNCPE Excellence Award, and ultimately, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. At FDI, we design and manufacture medical devices for military field hospitals and remote medical clinics around the world, and we constantly strive for continual growth in knowledge, systems, and processes to achieve the highest levels of quality in our industry. We are grateful to TNCPE for providing this framework as we continue to pursue excellence.”

“TNCPE’s mission is to strengthen the economic and organizational health of states, communities, and organizations, and one of the ways we do that is through the Awards Program,” said TNCPE President, Tamera Fields Parsons.  “Organizations being recognized this year have decided they want to be the best they can be for their customers, their workforce, and for all their stakeholders.  They have demonstrated a strong commitment to improvement and have chosen TNCPE and the Baldrige framework as their path to excellence, and I am proud to be associated with these organizations.”

A full list of winners can be found on the TNCPE website www.tncpe.org

Established in 1993 as a public-private partnership, the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence strives to promote economic development and drive organizational excellence by helping companies and organizations grow more competitive in today’s global marketplace through affordable, in-depth assessments. A statewide nonprofit, TNCPE is grounded in the Baldrige Excellence Framework—a holistic framework used by organizations across multiple industries to improve their performance and achieve sustainable results. Fifteen hundred (1500) organizations have participated in and benefited from the TNCPE award program. Six Tennessee businesses—The City of Germantown TN, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation, Pal’s Sudden Service, Eastman Chemical Company, and Federal Express—have been honored with both the prestigious Baldrige National Quality Award and the TNCPE Excellence Award.

For more information about the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (www.tncpe.org), contact Tamera Fields Parsons, President and CEO, at tamera.fields@tncpe.org.  For more information on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/ .

For more information on Fort Defiance Industries, visit www.fortdefianceind.com or contact Chris Yerger at cyerger@fortdefianceind.com .

Canada P2131 Maintenance Training, Petawawa, Ontario, Canada

Canada P2131 Maintenance Training, Petawawa, Ontario, Canada

Fort Defiance Industries (FDI) was pleased to travel to Canada to provide the Canadian Armed Forces with Maintenance Training on their P2131 Automated Field Steam Sterilizers. Canada is investing in state-of-the-art equipment like the P2131 sterilizer for their Field Hospitals. I was incredibly impressed by their outstanding group of Biomedical Equipment Technicians that are ready to take care of the equipment for years to come.
2nd Annual Operational Medicine Symposium, San Diego, CA

2nd Annual Operational Medicine Symposium, San Diego, CA

Fort Defiance Industries (FDI) attended the 2nd Annual Operational Medicine Symposium in San Diego, CA. This symposium brought together medical professionals from across the services to discuss advancements in military medical care. The focus was on the current and future innovations in the technology, resources, and training designed to improve medical personnel’s ability to effectively save lives on and off the battlefield. The presentations highlighted recent advancements, including areas of combat casualty care, medical logistics, human performance and telemedicine, which expand the survivability of our Nation’s warfighters. FDI is honored and excited to be on the cutting edge of research and development to help transfer better technology and training farther forward to support our warfighters.
Armed Forces Biomedical Society (AFBS) Lunch Meeting, Fort Detrick, Maryland

Armed Forces Biomedical Society (AFBS) Lunch Meeting, Fort Detrick, Maryland

Fort Defiance Industries (FDI) had the privilege of sponsoring the December 2019 meeting of the Armed Forces Biomedical Society (AFBS) at Fort Detrick, Maryland. The presentation topic was focused on how FDI addresses product support for the P2131 Automated Field Steam Sterilizer according to the Integrated Product Support Guidebook. Around 30 experienced Biomedical Equipment Technicians were able to see the P2131 sterilizer and ask questions to help them with future maintenance.
7th International Conference on Disaster and Military Medicine 2019, Dusseldorf, Germany

7th International Conference on Disaster and Military Medicine 2019, Dusseldorf, Germany

In association with the MEDICA Trade Fair 2019 in Dusseldorf, Germany, Fort Defiance Industries (FDI) was honored to present at the 7th International Conference on Disaster and Military Medicine (DiMiMED). The conference had 193 attendees from 28 nations and is a medical educational and information forum which is largely focused on the interface between Disaster Medicine and Military Medicine. During the conference, FDI’s Vice President, John Hodges, spoke about FDI’s research and development efforts on a lightweight, ruggedized field sterilizer and the best methods of pushing this life-saving technology farther forward on the battlefield.

Fort Defiance Industries (FDI) begins receiving orders for another round of Potable and Wastewater Distribution Systems for U.S. Army Field Hospitals.

Fort Defiance Industries (FDI) is now busy building its next round of Potable and Wastewater Distribution Systems for U.S. Army Field Hospitals. FDI has the engineering skills, specialized equipment and manufacturing expertise to build customizable systems of this type for all branches of the military and any organization with water distribution needs.

DSEI The World Leading Defence & Security Event

Last week at DSEI 2019 in London, England, Fort Defiance Industries (FDI) was excited to introduce the capabilities of the P2131 Field Steam Sterilizer to military experts from US allies around the world.


FDI attends the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS)

Fort Defiance Industries was pleased to attend the recent Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS).  This event was a chance for FDI to gain insight into the world’s leading scientific research being conducted specifically for combat medical innovations.  John Hodges, Vice President of FDI, said, “We were able to speak with and learn from the world’s premier scientists conducting the research, as well as the doctors and nurses that know what works and what does not work in combat situations.  This is valuable to us at FDI as we design the next generation of combat medical equipment.”

About the MHSRS

The MHSRS is the Department of Defense’s premier scientific meeting. It provides a venue for presenting new scientific knowledge resulting from military-unique research and development. The MHSRS is the only military or civilian meeting that focuses specifically on the unique medical needs of the Warfighter.

The MHSRS provides a collaborative setting for the exchange of information between military providers with deployment experience, research and academic scientists, international partners, and industry on research and related health care initiatives falling under the topic areas of Combat Casualty Care, Military Operational Medicine, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Medical Simulation and Information Sciences, Military Infectious Diseases, and the Radiation Health Effects.

The MHSRS is an annual four-day educational symposium that draws approximately 2,900 attendees.

FDI awarded SBIR contract for new Ruggedized Sterilizer

Fort Defiance Industries (FDI) has been awarded a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from the U.S. Navy for Phase I development of a Portable Ruggedized Energy Efficient Medical Sterilizer (PREEMS). Sterilization of medical and surgical instruments is a critical step in minimizing the risk of infection to combat casualties during far-forward medical interventions. Current field sterilizers are large, power-intensive systems that require large amounts of water to operate. “We are excited to leverage our experience and success with our P2131 sterilizer to innovate a small, lightweight, highly-reliable autoclave capable of sterilizing small surgical instruments in a far-forward tactical environment”, says FDI’s President & CEO Chris Yerger. The Phase III end goal is to produce an FDA 510(k)-approved medical sterilizer that can be used in austere environments for both commercial and military applications. Potential private sector use includes remote area medical clinics, paramedics/EMTs, search and rescue teams, and disaster relief organizations.


FDI awarded $4M contract to provide water systems for U.S. Army Field Hospitals

Fort Defiance Industries (FDI) has been awarded a $4M contract to provide potable and wastewater systems for the U.S. Army’s newly configured Field Hospitals.  These water systems are critical infrastructure to the safe and effective operation of the Field Hospital, formerly called a Combat Support Hospital.  “We’ve been supporting the U.S. Army for over 12 years with many components for the Water Sets and it’s a real blessing and wonderful opportunity to be both a custom fabricator and also a system integrator for the entire set. In addition, we are proud to partner with Atlantic Diving Supply (ADS) on this important project for the Army”, says FDI’s President & CEO Chris Yerger.  FDI’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Loudon, TN with its adjoining 60,000 square feet of warehouse capacity make it an ideal location for both the fabrication and assembly of components and the staging and kitting of the Water Systems.