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The City of Auburn Congratulates Orion Industries on Being Named 2013 Aerospace Company of the Year

Governor Jay Inslee presented Orion Industries’ CEO, John Theisen, with the 2013 Aerospace Futures Alliance Company of the Year award Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the 8th Annual AFA Washington Governor’s Summit. Orion Industries will be opening their 100,000 square foot facility in Auburn near Dick Scobee Field and will bring over 260 jobs to Auburn. The facility is slated to open in the spring 2014.

“Each year, AFA evaluates and assesses all Washington State aerospace companies in the areas of growth, technology, leadership, achievement, and hiring,” said Linda Lanham, AFA president. “Orion is a very successful organization that is moving forward with great momentum. Not only do they meet the highest standards in quality, on-time delivery and customer support, but they also provide a great service to the community by providing training to people with disabilities and helping them find community jobs.”

“Orion is honored to receive this award. Our intense focus on performance and customer support has made us one of the most competitive aerospace suppliers and parts manufacturers in the world,” said John Theisen, Orion president and CEO. “Our secret weapon is our social mission. We train people with disabilities and other barriers to employment in both our aerospace division and our contact center division, providing one-on-one mentoring and training. Orion’s business success is due as much to our
commitment to our mission as it is to our commitment to running successful business enterprises.”

Orion is also the recipient of Boeing’s 2011 Supplier of the Year award, and numerous Boeing quality awards year after year.

More about Orion

Orion is a non-profit organization founded in 1957 with a mission of providing employment services to people with disabilities. Orion has three operating divisions. Orion’s manufacturing division, Orion Aerospace, is a precision manufacturer and supplier to the aerospace and defense industries. They are one of the top 20 aerospace employers in Washington State and have been recipients of numerous
prestigious awards.

The Training and Employment Services division provides training and job placement services to more than 300 people with disabilities each year. Orion partners with a variety of organizations in this effort including school districts, Washington State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Labor & Industries and the Veterans Administration.

The Orion Contact Center Services division operates a global award winning 50-seat state-of-the-art call center, where they provide customized customer care services for a variety of companies including Door-To-Door Storage and TSA. Orion’s unique business model utilizes its aerospace and contact center businesses as platforms to stage the delivery of training and employment services for our clients with disabilities. Profits from these businesses are used to fund the human services Orion provides the community. This funding model ensures that Orion can deliver a consistent level of services from year to year.

For more information, visit www.orionworks.org.