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We are proud to be a member of the Southeastern Advanced Machine Tools Network

We are proud to be a member of the Southeastern Advanced Machine Tools Network

The U.S. DoD needs a strong industrial base to generate technological innovations, maintain deterrence, and provide manufacturing capabilities should the U.S. enter another large-scale conflict.  FDI is excited and proud to be a member of the newly formed Southeastern Advanced Machine Tools Network (SEAMTN), which is part of the 2021 cohort for new defense manufacturing communities established and funded by the Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP).  SEAMTN is an organization that seeks to strengthen the U.S. industrial base by investing in machine tools and additive manufacturing research and development, education, workforce development, and supply chain support. Led by the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering department at the University of Tennessee, SEAMTN is a consortium of companies, colleges and universities, national laboratories, non-profit organizations, and the Tennessee state government.

Great response in Texas to FRONT-LINE Field Sterilizer

Great response in Texas to FRONT-LINE Field Sterilizer

Thank you to Defense Strategies Institute for hosting the Operational Medicine Symposium in San Antonio. John Hodges, our Vice President, was able to present “Far Forward Surgical Sterilization” and demonstrate the FRONT-LINE Field Sterilizer, which will soon be available (after pending FDA clearance). Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth to understand the unique capabilities of this new steam sterilizer.

Operational Medicine Symposium, San Antonio, TX

Operational Medicine Symposium, San Antonio, TX

This year, we are pleased to be a Gold Sponsor for the Operational Medicine Symposium, September 28th-29th, in San Antonio, TX. The show is an opportunity to learn about challenges, strategies, and advancements in military medical care. Please join us for our presentation on the future of far forward surgical sterilization and FRONT-LINE, our latest field sterilizer.

Fort Defiance Industries Wins 2021 Interest Award

Fort Defiance Industries Wins 2021 Interest Award

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.