Local Man Retires After 44 Years of Service at BOYD Industries

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Local Clearwater Man Retires at 72 Years Old.

Rodger “Kenny” Grieves, an Upholsterer at Boyd Industries, Inc., will retire on May 1st after 44 years of service to the company.

A Korean and Vietnam wars veteran, Grieves, 72, joined Boyd on May 1, 1969, after serving five years in the US Army. Kenny’s career at Boyd was almost derailed when upon initially applying to Boyd he was informed that Boyd’s founder and namesake, Mr. William Gray Boyd, had just passed away and hiring was on hold. Four months after submitting his application, Kenny received a call offering him employment at Boyd. The rest is history.

When Kenny started, the company had less than 10 employees and manufactured only one type of dental chair. At that time, Boyd was a pioneer of today’s “sit down” dentistry. Today at nearly 60 employees, Boyd is a full line manufacturer of over 15 different types of dental and medical chairs. Some of the early models that Grieves produced were upholstered with velour, animal furs and shag. This is much different from today’s high tech synthetic materials although the assembly techniques remain relatively the same.

“It is a sincere pleasure and privilege to honor Kenny for his many years of dedication to Boyd,” Adrian E. LaTrace, CEO of Boyd Industries said. “Not only is he a loyal employee but a wonderful man for all he does in the Pinellas County community today and past service for our country. He will be missed.”

Kenny is a longtime supporter of the local Ronald McDonald House where he donates both his time and money to this charity. Aside from his charity work at the Ronald McDonald House, he is active in local US military veterans groups. At Boyd, Kenny is known for one of his favorite hobbies in setting up the company’s mini Christmas village during the holiday season.

Boyd Industries will be honoring Grieves at a retirement ceremony on Wednesday, May 1, at 12:00 pm at the Clearwater Plant where the company will be making a donation to the Ronald McDonald house charity in his name.

About BOYD Industries, Inc.

Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, BOYD Industries is a market leader in the design and manufacture of Specialty Dental and Medical Operatory Equipment. Our high quality and reliable equipment has been the choice of Orthodontists, Pediatric Dentists, Oral Surgeons, and other Healthcare Professionals worldwide for over 50 years. Our products include a full line of Dental/Medical Exam, Treatment and Surgical Chairs, coordinated Dental Delivery Systems, LED Exam and Surgical Lighting, custom Office Storage Cabinetry, and office video gaming kiosks.

For more information about Boyd Industries Inc., visit its website at http://www.Boydindustries.com.

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