Orion Industries earns awards from Boeing, Seattle Business Magazine
April 20, 2012 · Updated 3:57 PM
Mirror staff reports:
Orion Industries in Federal Way has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Boeing Supplier of the Year Award from more than 17,000 companies worldwide.
The awards ceremony was held April 18 in Chicago.
Orion also received recognition from Seattle Business Magazine as the recipient of the 2012 Washington Non-Profit Manufacturer of the Year Award, which will be awarded April 26. Attorney General Rob McKenna will be the keynote speaker at the awards banquet in Seattle.
Located on 9th Avenue South in Federal Way, Orion specializes in aerospace products, including aircraft parts for Boeing. The non-profit company’s mission is to find permanent jobs for local people with disabilities or personal troubles.
Annually, Boeing assesses its suppliers in several categories, awarding the suppliers that meet their highest standards in quality, on-time delivery, innovative technology and customer support.
Orion was nominated for the award by both Boeing Commercial Aircraft and Boeing Defense and Space.
Seattle Business Magazine’s 2012 Manufacturing Awards honor manufacturing organizations across the state in six judged categories: Company of the Year, Manufacturing Executive of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Emerging Manufacturer of the Year, Food Processing Manufacturer of the Year and Nonprofit of the Year.
“One element that makes these awards even more rewarding is Orion’s workforce is made up of highly skilled and professional permanent staff who provide training and employment services to people with disabilities. We are proud that we are able to provide exceptional products and service to our customers while also serving this community,” said John Theisen, Orion CEO, in a news release.
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 individuals 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.
Orion has also been awarded the coveted Boeing Performance Excellence Award for 2011; and was a Boeing Performance Excellence Award winner in 2010. Approximately 5 percent of Boeing’s suppliers receive this honor.