Prophet Equity’s Essential Service Business of the Week- Derby Fabricating Solutions

Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Louisville, KY, Derby Fabricating Solutions is a leading manufacturer of die cut nonmetallic materials for automotive Noise Vibration & Harshness (NVH) and Buzz Squeak & Rattle (BSR) reduction applications. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team has expanded its manufacturing offerings to include mission-critical, face shields designed for frontline essential workers. Operating facilities in KY, OH, TN, and MI, the Derby team is available to provide face shield manufacturing throughout the U.S. For further inquiries regarding Derby’s face shield capabilities please visit:

Prophet’s CEO & Managing Partner, Ross Gatlin commented, “Derby Fabricating Solutions nimble redirection of their proven manufacturing capabilities to service urgent medical needs and battle the pandemic is nothing short of amazing.  Not only did they pivot aggressively to support the medical industry and essential services everywhere, but they utilized their world class engineering talent  to also adapt conventional face shields to hard hats in order to help keep those in industrial businesses safe while they are hard at work.”  Jason Kellams, President of Derby, also stated  “Our team of dedicated and experienced professionals across the value chain of engineering, product development, quality control, manufacturing, sales, distribution and service continue to serve not only our long term automotive customers, but also essential service providers everywhere during these turbulent times.”


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