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DeRoyal Celebrates 45 Years in Business

We celebrated our 45th anniversary on Friday with a party, some reflections and stories from Pete spanning 45 years and a great motivational "locker room" talk from Coach Phillip Fulmer. Thanks to all our employees and customers for helping us reach this milestone!

2018 has been a momentous year for DeRoyal- 45 years in business!  When you think back to 1973 to present, the enormity of change that we have encompassed is a bit overwhelming. DeRoyal has certainly had it’s share of success. From our most humble beginnings of building cast shoes in Pete's home garage, to expanding the business to a global reach in physical location and customer sales, to growing in company breadth and depth of products and innovation all of which impact the livelihoods of 2000 employees and their families. Consider all the new products that have been added, the industry changes, the growth and expansion in people and locations, and the impact we have had in the medical device industry; it is remarkable. While this journey started with one person’s idea 45 years ago—the one constant in all of these years has been dedicated employees. A true measure of success will be the number of people touched and transformed by what we do. We are grateful to each of you for the success this organization has experienced. 

Throughout 2018, events and activities took place to commemorate this special time in the history of our company including monthly DeNews that recognized employees who have 30 or more years of tenure with the company. We think you will agree, our employees are one of our best competitive advantages. We hope you enjoyed learning more about your coworkers and their contributions.

Finally, congratulations to us, Pete & Brian for your past contributions and cheers to many more years. We should all appreciate what we do to keep our company thriving and while not related in the traditional sense of the word, we are a family, and all are striving for continued success of the company.

Thank you for the value you bring each day to DeRoyal!
Let's appreciate this milestone of 45 years in business!

Volunteering at Second Harvest

Tennessee’s most popular and well-known nickname is "The Volunteer State," earned during the War of 1812. However, this nickname was solidified during the Mexican War when the secretary of state asked for only 2,800 Tennessee volunteers and 30,000 Tennesseans responded.

The nickname makes sense and is clearly proven in the tremendous hours of volunteer spirit Tennesseans have invested at Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. In fact, Second Harvest reports that in 2017, volunteers donated their time to the tune of 25,000 hours which translates into Second Harvest having 14 free full-time employees. This kind of impact saves the food bank thousands of dollars on staffing costs each year. Those dollars can then be spent on food—this equation is true volunteering.

The monetary donations are crucial too and just a little goes a long way. One in seven people in East Tennessee lives in poverty and has difficulty meeting basic needs. At Second Harvest Food Bank, they are trying to change that statistic in 18 East Tennessee counties.

On Thursday May 31st a DeRoyal group volunteered several hours at Second Harvest in Maryville, TN and we accomplished literally a ton. Our task was to scoop, package and box corn flakes and we quickly put together an efficient assembly line of two teams. We have a little history in manufacturing efficiencies so it was easy to get in a rhythm. When the dust settled we completed 3 pallets of 35 boxes each and came to a grand total of 1,260 bags of cereal. We had a great time and left feeling a sense of accomplishment that day. We are built to serve and watching the boxes stack up was a satisfying experience of both completion and pride in knowing the effort will directly help many families.

Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission is to lead the community in the fight to end hunger. It is the East Tennessee region’s largest hunger-relief charity, operating programs in 18 counties. The food bank secures and distributes more than 18 million pounds of food and grocery products annually through a network of over 550 partnering nonprofit organizations such as food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and schools.

If you're interested in volunteering click on their website or call them at 865.521.0000.

DeRoyal Receives Large Business Excellence Award


We were honored to receive the Large Business Excellence Award at the Knoxville Chamber's 14th Annual Pinnacle Business Awards on May 4th! More than 600 people gathered at the Knoxville Convention Center that evening to celebrate the finalists and winners. Awards were presented by Regions Bank.

Receiving an award is always special and our company appreciates the recognition. It was also an evening to reflect and acknowledge all the wonderful businesses we are fortunate to have in our community. Specifically, the two finalists, Burleson Brands and Covenant Health,who were included in the Large Business Excellence Award category.

We’re grateful for our DeRoyal employees and the opportunity to service the world from the great community of East Tennessee. Thank you!

Now Showing: Continuum® Exhibits AORN Press Release


DeRoyal Industries, Inc. has signed on to be an exhibitor at The Association of peri Operative Registered Nurses (AORN) Global Surgical Conference & Expo, taking place March 24-28, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.We are excited to attend this revolutionary learning experience, featuring a dynamic range of topics, world-renowned speakers, top-notch researchers, and the latest products and services aimed at changing how we practice. AORN’s annual conference is the largest gathering of peri operative nurses in the world. This is a chance to network with 6,000 colleagues, earn contact hours,and learn about the latest technologies and trends for peri operative nursing. We hope you’ll visit us at booth 2212.

DeRoyal will travel to New Orleans later this week within initiatives to demonstrate products and services that can help improve care as well as improve business. Our focus for this upcoming show is the Continuum® inventory management system. Our system provides healthcare providers with passive, item-level supply traceability without relying on human intervention.Beyond that, Continuum’s cloud-based reporting capabilities make accessing and analyzing data easier and quicker than ever which create efficiencies for the best decision-making possible. “Our Continuum® platform helps clinicians bridge the gap between the acute care and post-acute care supply chain. It also automates many of the supply chain functions so that clinicians can remain completely focused on their patients,while maintaining a transparency and accountability for every single item used in the clinical setting,” said Brian DeBusk, Chief Executive Officer, DeRoyal.

We’ll also have our top product experts on hand ready to show you our newest innovations in personal protection products, temperature monitoring, waste fluid management, and many other products.

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Feeling the Love

As we celebrate our 45 years of business, we wanted to find ways to give back and work with four charities throughout the year. Our first organization was The Love Kitchen and we had a blast…oh yeah, we did work too!

Speaking of celebrating many years in operation, this February 14th marks The Love Kitchen’s 32nd year of obediently serving our Knoxville community. In 1986, Helen and Ellen Turner, twin sisters, began the Love Kitchen and first served 22 people in a small church in east Knoxville. Today, the Love Kitchen has its own building about two blocks from where it started and serves over 3,000 meals each week with more than eighty percent of those meals being delivered to home bound recipients. Every Wednesday there is an in-house breakfast and emergency food bags filled with both canned and dry goods are distributed. Thursdays, an in-house lunch is served and volunteers deliver meals to the elderly, disabled, and home bound.

This past Thursday February 22nd, we had two groups of DeRoyal volunteers help to sort, package and prepare those 3,000 meals for delivery as well as serve until the afternoon. We were quick learners and jumped in fast actually finishing up our duties in record time! Or maybe that’s what The Love Kitchen folks tell everyone—either way it was a win win for everyone and a fulfilling way to serve our community.

Sadly the beloved remaining sister and co-founder of the Love Kitchen, Helen Ashe died at age 89, just a week earlier on February 13th, a day before their anniversary and the most celebrated day of love—maybe it's a touching sign to remind us each year of the power of love.

We wanted you to know about the love and generosity these two sisters and their volunteers have given freely to Knoxville for 32 years! If possible please try and give of your time in service, resources or love to this Knoxville gift.

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