Orion's May 2017 eNewsletter

Joe, Orion Individual Employment participant.

Joe was referred to Orion's Mukilteo supported employment program in October of 2014. His referral came as a result of his participation in the School to Work program, allowing him to transition to a paid position before leaving school.

Joe has shown that he has good communication skills, and that he is a hard worker. He has the ability to learn, and the aptitude to be able to work with a wide variety of employers.

Joe gained experience through job training at Goodwill. Joe's employment consultant used this experience to help him create a resume. With the assistance of his employment consultant he also gained confidence in interview techniques.

Joe was placed in a position in April of 2015. He works at Manor Care, an assisted care facility, in Lynnwood, as a dietary aide. Joe is currently looking to increase his hours and find additional work as he enjoys working and keeping busy.

At first Joe was nervous in the unfamiliar environment of his new job at Manor Care, but he worked with his supervisor and his employment consultant, practicing his tasks until he became comfortable. Joe said, "I like to get my job done on time."

Joe's hard work was rewarded with an employee of the month selection for December of 2016. 

Joe's mother said, "I don't think Joe would have a job if not for the support he has received."

Congratulations Joe!


 Esequiel at work in Orion's Auburn Manufacturing Training Program.
Esequiel  was referred to Orion's Auburn location by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to participate in Orion's Manufacturing Training Program. Esequiel likes working with his hands, so his occupational therapist at DVR suggested that Orion's paid training program would be a good fit.

Esequiel was looking to become more independent, not wanting to let his use of a wheelchair limit him. When Esequiel came for a tour of Orion's Auburn Manufacturing Training Program he saw that there were others using wheelchairs, so he became more comfortable.
Esequiel has received training in Grommets, Part Mark, Clamp Block Assembly, Mechanical Assembly, Hydraulic Build Unit (HBU), and Chaku. He has also taken math, blueprint reading, and measurement tools classes. 

Esequiel was the winner of Orion's Worker of the Month award for March 2017. Esequiel was nominated by his co-workers who commented, "Esequiel has many great qualities, but two stand out the most: first, he has a great work ethic and strives to conquer each task, second, he has a leadership quality and magnetic personality that attracts others. He will be a great asset for any employer!"

Lavada Colon, Esequiel's job developer, said, "Esequiel's goal was to increase his independence, and as his confidence has grown it's been great to see him moving towards achieving his goal. He has now moved into his own apartment, and is able to use the mass transit system to commute."

Esequiel said, "The Orion trainers taught me in a way that allowed me to learn easily. The most amazing thing I have learned is that I am capable of doing more than I expected!"

Esequiel found his rhythm working in the Chaku and HBU areas, and is hoping to find employment doing similar work. If you are interested in learning more about Esequiel or would like to see his resume, call Lavada Colon at 253-661-7805, or email Lavada at  lavada.colon@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 Industries, Auburn, currently has openings available in all of our training programs:
If you are working with someone who would benefit from this training program, please have them attend our weekly tour - Monday at 9am!
  • 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.
  • Contact Center Training Program Flyer 
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 Named Boeing 2016 Supplier of the Year

Pictured from left to right: Paul Pasquier, Vice President, Supplier Management, Engineering, Test & Technology; Kent Fisher, Vice President, Supplier Management, Boeing Commercial Aircraft; Tom Brosius, Vice President & General Manager, Orion Industries; Sean Dwyer, Business Development Manager, Orion Industries; Delores Alexander, Vice President, Supplier Management, Shared Services Group; Jody Franich, Vice President, Supplier Management, Boeing Global Services; Karl Jeppesen, Vice President, Supplier Management, Boeing Defense, Space and Security.

Orion has been recognized as The Boeing Company's Global Supplier of the Year in the Community Engagement category. This is Orion's third Supplier of the Year selection, having received Supplier of the Year designations from Boeing in 2011 in the Outside Manufacturing category, and in 2015 in the Corporate Citizenship category. Orion was one of 13 companies honored at a ceremony on April 12th, 2017, for distinguished performance in working with Boeing. 

For more information see our press release:

For more information about the award and the companies selected in other categories see the link below:

Mattress Firm Foster Kids Pajama Bowl

  Pictured from left to right: Nate Thomas, Mandi Magers, Anne Bosse, Tanya Minerich, and Matt Foster. 

Orion's Belters Bowling Team participated in the 2017 Mattress Firm Foster Kids Pajama Bowl on Sunday, April 2nd. The event benefits foster kids in King County and the surrounding areas. 

If you would like to learn more or add your support please see the link:

Orion metal logo installed in Mukilteo reception

 Orion metal logo installed in Mukilteo reception area.

A new piece of facility art has been installed in Orion's Mukilteo reception area. The piece was created by Nicholas Yust, a metal fine artist, and was fabricated using aircraft grade aluminum. To see more amazing works created by Nicholas see his website:  

Orion links
Orion Industries, Auburn
1590 A Street NE
Auburn, WA 98002
Orion Industries, Mukilteo
13008 Beverly Park Rd
Mukilteo, WA 98275