Orion's May 2016 eNewsletter

Jonathan working on the Orion manufacturing floor.

Jonathan felt that he was on a downward spiral with his jobs; and was struggling with the physical nature of the work. A friend suggested that he go to DVR, and Jonathan was matched with Orion.

Jonathan enjoyed learning the various jobs in Orion's manufacturing training program. He said he had an "A-ha" moment while learning how to use the mill machines. Something clicked into place as he learned the steps to do one part at a time.

Jonathan's progression through the various jobs in the training program opened up cross training opportunities.

Jonathan said, "Orion challenged me in a unique way. I learned to ask questions to make sure that I was doing things the right way. I never realized how quickly I could pick things up. I'm proud of all of the different work areas I learned and the good reviews I received at each job."

Jonathan finished his training and was part of a temp to permanent hire trial. The company that Jonathan was placed with knew that they wanted to hire him, full time, after one week.

When asked if Jonathan has advice for anyone who is new to the Orion training program Jonathan said, "Orion is there for you. The job advisors and mentors work together; you're not just working with one person, you have the support of everyone at Orion."

In his free time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife and son.


 Kevin at work on the Orion manufacturing floor.
Kevin  joined Orion's training program in December 2015 after working for many years in various production shops. Kevin's career was put on hold five years ago when, in an accident, he partially lost two of his fingers. Kevin said after the accident, he took jobs that were "easy and allowed time to heal," but he realized he missed the challenge and pride he felt from production work. When Kevin heard about Orion, he saw it as a chance to get back to the career he once had.
During his time at Orion, Kevin has found ways to learn and complete his tasks competitively, and has rediscovered his production talents. Despite limits to heavy lifting and writing, he has proven he is ready to go back to a production position. Lavada, his supervisor in Deburr said, "Kevin takes what he does seriously. I like that, and so will any employer!"
At Orion, Kevin has trained in Conventional Machine, Mechanical Assembly, Chaku, Shipping, Part Mark and Hand Assembly. In addition, Kevin has taken Orion's shop math and measuring class, as well as blueprint reading. When asked what he was the most proud of, Kevin indicated that he is most proud of learning to work with precision digital calipers in Chaku, "I never thought I would use something so cool, and it really helped me improve my quality!"

Rick Pudmaroff, one of Kevin's mentors, said, " Kevin is demonstrating true enthusiasm for the tasks he is learning. He is genuinely interested in learning as much as he can and doing the best that he can. He learns fast and retains what he has learned, and he works hard each and every day!"
Ideally, Kevin would like to find full time employment In the Tacoma or South King County areas, but he is open to any employer that will give him the chance to prove himself.   

If you are interested in learning more about Kevin or would like to see his resume, call Laura Fogle at 253-661-7805, or email Laura at  laura.fogle@orionworks.org.

Orion classes available!

Orion contracts with companies around the King and Pierce County area to provide classes, such as blueprint reading. Companies can send their staff to Orion for classes at our facility, or we can send our instructors on-site. If you're interested in finding out more about how this can benefit your staff, please contact Orion's Training Program Manager, Cynthia Kim, at 253-661-7805.


Program tours are available!

Orion currently has openings available in all of our training programs:
  • Our Manufacturing Training Program offers full time or part time paid training Monday - Friday. Participants can come for a variety of reasons including assessment or skills training. Enrollment occurs weekly.

If you are working with someone who would benefit from this training program, please have them attend our weekly tour - Tuesday at 1pm!

  • Our Office Skills & Customer Service Program offers students exposure to computer training, customer service training and keyboarding / 10-key skills training. It utilizes a self-directed model, in a small classroom setting, with instructor support. Each Friday, interactive group customer service discussions are led by the instructor. Students are offered a daily stipend of $10 for class attendance.
  • Our Contact Center Training Program offers three paid training opportunities: Inbound Customer Service, Front Desk / Reception and Document Conversion training. Participants can come for a variety of reasons including assessment or skills training. While some programs offer cohort enrollment, most positions enroll weekly. Pretesting may be a requirement and will be coordinated during program tour. 
Orion has multiple open spots for direct job placement support services to individuals not in our training programs. If you are interested in direct job placement services, please contact a Job Developer at 253-661-7805.

Orion 2015 Boeing Supplier of the Year  

 Orion being presented the Boeing Supplier of the Year Award. Pictured left to right, Paul Pasquier, Vice President, Global  Technology, Boeing, Jack House, Vice President, Supplier Management, Boeing Defense and Space, Kent Fischer, Vice  President and General Manager, Supply Chain, Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Tom Brosius, Vice President and General Manager,  Orion, Joan Robinson-Berry, Vice President, Supplier Management, Boeing Shared Services, John Theisen, President and CEO,  Orion, Sean Dwyer, Business Development Manager, Orion, and Patrick Shanahan, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Operations, Boeing.

Orion has been recognized as The Boeing Company's Supplier of the Year in the Corporate Citizenship category. 

This is Orion's second Supplier of the Year selection, having received a 2011 Supplier of the Year designation from Boeing in the Outside Manufacturing category. 

Orion was one of 12 companies honored at a ceremony on April 13th, 2016, for distinguished performance in working with Boeing, and is part of an elite group among more than 13,000 Boeing suppliers in 47 countries around the world.

To view the short video shown at the award ceremony please follow the link below:

If you'd like to learn more please follow the link below:

Orion's Belters at Sleep Train Foster Kids Pajama Bowl  

Orion's Belters from left to right, Matt Foster, Brain Brosnan, Joanna Boatwright, Nate Thomas and Mandi Magers. 

Members of Orion's Belters Bowling Team participated in the Sleep Train Foster Kids Pajama Bowl at ACME Bowling in Tukwila on Sunday, April 24th. 

The Belters are always happy to bowl for a good cause. If you'd like to learn more or add your support please follow the link below:

Empty Bowl Benefit for Auburn Food Bank 

 Orion staff at the Empty Bowl Benefit for the Auburn Food Bank, from left to right, Victor Molstad, Liz Hickman, Jason Person,  Cathy Wegner, Tricia Cleavelin, Joanna Boatwright, Kathy Powers, Cynthia Kim and Barb Panush.

Several Orion staff members participated in the Empty Bowl fund raising event to benefit the Auburn Food Bank on the morning of April 29th. 

Extra bowls were selected and delivered to additional Orion staff who made donations but who could not attend the event. 

To learn more about this unique event, and to learn how you can also support the Auburn Food Bank, please visit their website:

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