A Message to our Extended Elkay Family,

The events of the past few days have been extremely difficult to watch and experience. What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis was criminal. It was wrong. The horrific incident and the righteous anger and unrest that followed give voice to unspeakable pain and a great sense of injustice that exists in our society right now.

Elkay fully supports those who are peacefully expressing their passion for achieving equal justice. We know that participating in peaceful protests and demonstrations is one way that some employees have shown their support for communities of color this past week, and we salute these legal efforts to assemble and be heard and to bring about positive change. As you are likely aware, we have a long-standing commitment to the communities where we live and work and to helping remove barriers so that more of our neighbors can succeed. We are committed to continuing in this endeavor, and to helping our communities heal.

Elkay condemns racism, discrimination, and social injustice of any kind.
One of our most fundamental values is that our Strength is in our People. When we say this, we mean ALL of our people – regardless of race, color, creed, ability, or gender — the incredibly diverse universe of unique and wonderful people that make up our extended Elkay family. 

We firmly believe that as it is for our company, so it is for America as a whole –

Our Strength is in Our People.

During this challenging time, with so many voices across our fractured public square raised in anger, our first priority is your safety. Please remember, each of you is a critical part of the Elkay family, and we are committed to providing a work environment where each member of our team feels safe, respected, and valued.

Beyond the current pain and unrest, one thing that is apparent in our country right now is that we must do more to understand and hear diverse perspectives – in our communities and our workplace.

We need to care for one another.
It is an unequal world in which we live – and each of us living in it are imperfect. But by talking, by sharing, and by respectfully hearing each other – hopefully, we can strengthen our humanity and build a greater sense of empathy towards one another. So, let us start by empathizing a little more today. A little more this week. Let’s stretch our hearts to their greatest capacity – to recognize, honor, and listen to the diverse voices amongst us.

For those that want to discuss this topic with leadership, to share how you are feeling or thoughts you have on how we can do better as a company, please reach out to human resources, your manager, or any other member of our leadership team. 

Sending you comfort and peace,

Elkay’s Global Leadership Team

Employment-related decisions are always made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or other protected characteristics. We are governed by integrity and strong values. You can see this not only in how we run our business but in the people who choose to become a part of our team.

OAK BROOK, Ill., Jan. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Representatives of Milwaukee, WI-based Elkay Interior Systems (EIS) today announced the American company’s acquisition of Digney York Associates (DYA). The move strengthens Elkay Interior Systems’ ability to provide full-service interior design and renovation services for domestic hospitality customers who are refreshing their brands.

DYA is a hotel renovation business specializing in guest room renovations. The company offers services that span from pre-construction through the construction phase of renovations. The well-respected firm has long-standing relationships with the hospitality industry’s premier brands consistently delivering high quality and value renovations which increase overall property values.

Elkay Interior Systems – or EIS — is a global leader in the Design, Branding, Seating, Décor, and Fixtures for the commercial interiors industry. The company, which is owned by privately-held Elkay Manufacturing, specializes in the Restaurant, Retail, Education, and Hospitality markets. They have been helping top Global Brands manage their retail brand experience in international markets for nearly 40 years.

“We’ve been on a tremendous growth path since being acquired by Elkay in 2017,” says Vice President and General Manager, Tony Lutz. “In February 2017, we integrated the commercial arm of Elkay’s business in Mexico to form Elkay Interior Systems, Latin America …and in 2018, we expanded into the Asian markets. With the acquisition of Digney York Associates, we have brought a premier interior renovations firm into the fold, expanding our turnkey rebranding and renovation capabilities in the domestic hospitality market.”

EIS consults, designs, builds, and installs commercial interiors, from concept to completion, unlike any other company in the market today. Their designers and artists provide vision, strength, and consistency while bringing our clients’ brands to life. Specialized project managers and market managers carefully guide project goals, timelines, and budgets. Extensive manufacturing facilities and certified installers ensure flawless execution of every element. Even after opening day, the company supports clients through an expert international customer service team.

EIS works with a premier list of domestic and international customers, many of whom are actively expanding in the European and Middle Eastern markets. The company has a proven track record for creating extraordinary interiors, executed with the highest levels of excellence around the globe.

“We are excited about becoming a part of Elkay Interior Systems’ organization,” said Kevin Cronin, Chief Operations Officer at Digney York Associates.  “With Elkay’s expertise in designing, fabricating and installing millwork and fixture packages in the hospitality industry and our own in guest room renovations, we are ideally suited to provide added value to our customers. We are a perfect fit, culturally-speaking, and the EIS businesses are producing great work for our shared customer segments – so we are proud to be joining such a well-respected team.”

About Elkay

Family-owned since 1920, Elkay has been making innovative products and delivering exceptional customer care for almost a century. While proud to be America’s No. 1 selling kitchen sink company, Elkay expanded its commercial offerings more than four decades ago, and today delivers faucets, water coolers, drinking fountains, Smartwell Water Delivery Systems, and the award-winning ezH2O bottle filling stations, in addition to world-class stainless steel and quartz sinks. Our Elkay Interior Systems business is a global leader in the design and buildout of branded retail environments for leading global brands. Elkay Commercial Systems provides stainless steel products for commercial kitchens around the globe. Like your family, Elkay has values and traditions that endure – like our commitment to sustainability and giving back to our community. Headquartered in the United States in Downers Grove, Illinois, today Elkay employs over 2,500 employees worldwide, working from 21 locations across the U.S., China, and Mexico. To learn more about Elkay, visit www.elkay.com. To learn more about Elkay Interior Systems, visit www.elkayinteriorsystems.com.

About Digney York Associates

Digney York Associates is a hotel and resort renovation service based in Washington, DC, has dedicated the last 31 years to the hospitality industry. Specializing in guest room renovations, the company offers services that span from pre-construction through the construction phase of renovations. They also offer specialty services, such as fast track renovations, tub to shower conversions, ADA compliant guest bathrooms, and luxury hotel renovations, including hotels that are remain occupied throughout the renovation process. The well-respected company has long-term relationships with the hospitality industry’s premier brands by consistently delivering high quality and value renovations which increase overall property values and exceed customer expectations. Visit https://digneyyork.com/.

Media Contact:
Linda Carlisle

Bill Navas, Deanne Kuzmic, and Theo Torrez will be representing Digney York Associates at The Lodging Conference 2018. It will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, AZ on September 24th -27th.

If you are attending the event this year and want to learn more about fast-tracking the renovation of your property while minimizing revenue displacement and guest impact please connect with us.

We look forward to meeting you there!