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Reflecting on our 2017 Highlights

Posted: Monday, January 08, 2018

Orchid is excited to meet and exceed our goals in 2018, and it’s important to reflect on some of our most memorable moments from 2017. It was another year of following our core values, giving back to our communities and making an impact. Here are some of our favorite moments from the past year.

A Year of Publishing

Orchid enhanced its presence in market publications by publishing multiple articles. Matt Schultz, Sr. Product Development Engineer, and Rod Soat, Corporate Product Quality Manager, wrote an article about “Design for Inspection” that was published on Medical Design Briefs. The article discussed how building inspection into the original product design can save OEMs time and money. 

Through research, collaboration and expertise, Orchid employees published three white papers. The articles cover bone cutting tools and orthopedic coatings, and serve as problem-solving tools for its audiences. Additionally, Orchid published an article about its “Maximizer" solution. It offers a way for OEMs to maximize their operations that will improve quality, minimize risk and reduce costs.

On the Web(inar)

Orchid went live in October when it hosted a webinar with Medical Design and Outsourcing. The webinar explored the world of orthopedic coating, including the different types, its benefits and new coating technologies coming to market. Featured speakers included Tony Crivella, Global Commercial Manager; Parimal Bapat, Ph. D, Research Engineer; Shilesh Jani, Engineering Manager. 

Orchid wants YOU!

Orchid is a growing company and always looking for talented team members. To build excitement about Orchid and what we do, we hit the road. We attended career fairs and held presentations at universities across the state of Michigan, including Michigan State University, Kettering University and Western Michigan University. Open houses and on-site interview days were also held at some of our locations including Bridgeport and Lansing. 

An Interview with Mike Miller

We ended our “Reflecting on 2016” blog by saying goodbye to Orchid’s founder and former CEO, Mike Miller. Miller, current chairman of the board, reflected on his time with Orchid by in an exit interview with Orthoworld. When asked about his most significant accomplishment, he said “…I was lucky enough to work with some incredible people…The people who make up the Orchid family are truly extraordinary, and deserve all of the credit for Orchid’s stature and standing in the market today.”

Seasons of Giving

No matter the time of year, Orchid is looking for ways to give back to the community. During spring, donation jars were spread across Orchid Oregon’s facility to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Orchid Alabama held cookouts and drawings throughout the summer to raise funds for Relay for Life. The team was able to raise $14,489 and relayed for the several Orchid Alabama employees and their loved ones that have been affected by cancer. 

During the “season of giving”, multiple Orchid locations decided to get involved. Orchid Lansing donated 1,500 items to the food bank during the month of November and Orchid Milford collected toys for Toys for Tots.

Orchid’s Impact

2017 brought more inspiring stories of how Orchid and its employees are impacting people’s lives. The following two stories remind us of what our work is capable of doing and motivate us to continue our hard work. 

Mark Turczyn, 57, had enjoyed fishing and other outdoor activities before he started having serious heart problems. These problems required him to use a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to keep his heart working as he waited for a heart transplant. Mark thanks Orchid Memphis, who manufactured the parts for the LVAD that kept him alive. Mark eventually received a heart transplant after relying on the device for four years and knows “without the LVAD, I wouldn’t be here, it is a tremendous piece of equipment.”

Ray Cerekas was only a junior in high school when his life drastically changed. A car accident left him paralyzed from the waist down and his hopes of being a collegiate bowler were placed on hold. Cerekas had surgery to insert two stabilizing rods and nine screws to hold his back in place as it healed. After regaining full mobility, he visited Orchid and thanked our employees for their work. “People think ‘the surgeon saved my life,’ but now that I’ve seen what the Orchid employees do and the detail that goes into each part, I see how important their job is.”

Tom Lockwood, an Orchid Lean Site leader, began to lose mobility in his hips at the age of 15. When he could barely walk without experiencing excruciating pain, he knew he would need hip surgery. Coincidentally, Tom made the parts that would be implanted in his hips. He now enjoys his favorite activities without pain and has a new appreciation for what he manufactures at Orchid. 
If you know of anyone that has a story about the impact of orthopedic surgery and would be willing to share with us, please let us know!


Cheers to 40 years

Four Sheffield, U.K. employees celebrated 40 years of service with the company during 2017. Each employee started with the company in 1977, when the company was known as Centaur Cast Alloys Ltd. We want to thank each employee for their dedication and contributions to Orchid!
  • Bernie Walker
  • Mel Taylor
  • Andy Cowburn
  • Horace Lever

We want to thank all Orchid employees for their hard work this past year and making Orchid a world leader in the orthopedic industry. We are excited to see what we will accomplish in 2018!