Orion's November 2016 eNewsletter

From left to right: Maynard Jeffers, Dean Guilott, Keegan Davenport, Eustace Jennings, and Justin Ford.

SASE, located in Kent, WA, has been a great partner of Orion. SASE, founded in 1959, specializes in the service, sales and rentals of surface preparation equipment, and primarily serves contractors in the construction industry. Orion has had the opportunity to place several manufacturing program graduates with SASE, recently placing three graduates in 2015 and one graduate in 2016.  Keegan Davenport, SASE supervisor, said, "I trust Orion to bring me the right kind of candidate."

Justin Ford is an Orion manufacturing training program graduate who was placed with SASE in January of 2015. Justin said, "I had the desire and willingness to get a job that was longer than a three month temp job, but I didn't know how to apply and get noticed. Orion helped me with that."

Maynard Jeffers is another Orion  manufacturing training program graduate who was placed with SASE in January of 2015. Maynard enjoys being employed at SASE and said, "Working at SASE has gone well and my efforts are appreciated. Orion was a great resource for me while seeking full time employment."

Dean Guillot is an Orion graduate who was placed with SASE in September of 2015. The Orion training program gave Dean the experience he needed, and assured him that he could be successful in a full time position. Dean explained, "Orion gave me the confidence to get back to work." Dean is happy in his job, and said, "The people make SASE a good place to work."

Eustace Jennings is the most recent Orion graduate to be placed at SASE, earning his full time position in July of 2016. Eustace related, "Orion gave me an opportunity to build my career to better my future. I took Orion's advice and excelled in the opportunity they provided me, which landed me with a perfect job placement at the SASE company. Orion is a great place with an excellent staff that strives to find the success in you. My advice to anyone going through training at Orion is to keep an open mind, don't give up, and move forward!"

Orion congratulates each of our training program graduates on their achievements. Orion applauds SASE on their continued success, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with SASE.

To learn more about SASE please visit their website: 


 Maritha at work on the production floor at Orion Industries, Auburn.
Maritha came to Orion through DVR after taking some time off to address personal needs. Maritha knew that she would need some training in order to prepare for entering the work force again. 

Maritha is originally from Kenya, as her beautiful accent indicates. While in Kenya she operated a production facility that created and tied fishing flies. She worked long hours, supervising a staff of 80+, producing 1000's of fishing flies each day.

Maritha emigrated to the US and worked for several years as a care giver. She then worked for Skills Inc., in their Document Center scanning and filing paperwork. She has always been  a hard and responsible worker, as illustrated by her previous positions.
Maritha takes pride in her work at Orion, and she has enjoyed working in different areas and learning new job skills. Maritha said, "I enjoy learning new things, and working with my hands. Being in a new area means new knowledge, and as I learn a new job I find myself doing better than I thought I could, and my mentors notice and point out that I am doing well, which really helps my confidence."

Maritha shows up ready to work with a positive attitude daily. Her amazing work ethic and dedication make her stand out. She is willing to learn and has been acknowledged for her work ethic by her peers. As Maritha nears the end of her training and has begun the job development process, Bob Manroe, one of her mentors, said, "I don't want to lose Maritha. I wish she could just stay here!"

Maritha said, "Money is not everything, but being able to earn money is. Orion gave me a chance by providing everything I needed so that I could learn. I was nervous when I started at Orion, but I have gone through the process and have gained experience, and have worked hard to be at the level that I need to be at. I have not failed myself!"

Maritha has proven that she will be an asset to any company that wants a hard-working, dedicated employee.  Maritha is hoping to find day shift or swing shift employment between South Seattle and Auburn. Maritha's future is bright! 

If you are interested in learning more about Maritha or would like to see her resume, call Tamie Clark at 253-661-7805, or email Tamie at tamie.clark@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 Receives 2016 Globe Award

 Orion Industries 2016 Globe Award.

Orion Industries has received the 2016 Globe Award from the World Trade Center Tacoma. The mission of the World Trade Center Tacoma is to help local business succeed in the global market and to grow trade. Orion has experienced growth over the past year, adding a second location in Mukilteo, WA, and has expanded its international customer base by partnering with the World Trade Center Tacoma.

Jeff Black, Orion CFO, said, "The World Trade Center Tacoma helps us promote our products globally and provide services that enable us to enter new markets. Trade and investment means opportunity for job growth, for wage growth, and for growth of businesses like Orion. When all of the businesses in the Pacific Northwest are successful it creates opportunities for us to train and find jobs for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment, which allows them to grow in their careers, provide for their families, and to contribute to our economy." 

In addition to the World Trade Center Tacoma, Orion partners with other federal, state, county, and local agencies, providing training opportunities and job placement services to individuals in the community.  

To view a short video shown during the award event please follow the link: 

Congressman Rick Larsen Visits Orion Industries, Mukilteo

 From left to right, Raymond Moe, Sales Manager, Orion Industries, Mukilteo, Congressman Rick Larsen, and Sean Dwyer, Business Development Manager, Orion Industries, Auburn.

Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA 2nd District) visited Orion Industries, Mukilteo, on October 17th, 2016.

During the Mukilteo visit, Congressman Larsen learned about the recent merger between Orion Industries and Diversified Industrial Services. Congressman Larsen learned about Orion's plan for expanded manufacturing capabilities and training programs in the Mukilteo facility. 

Historically the Mukilteo site has provided job coaching and community based services for people with developmental disabilities. Orion will continue to support that activity, while expanding the training opportunities in the aerospace manufacturing facility to serve people in the Snohomish and North King County areas who have barriers to employment.  

Orion Nominates Provail

 Mike Hatzenbeler (left) and Sandy Gibb (right) during the award ceremony celebrating National Disability Employment  Awareness Month.

Orion was proud to nominate Provail Manufacturing for medium nonprofit employer for the Governor's Committee on Disability and Employment. 

Provail has hired a number of Orion graduates and is a great example of an inclusive and supportive work culture. 

Company-wide Decorated Pumpkin Contest

 Pumpkins on display in the company-wide decorated pumpkin contest.

A total of eleven pumpkins were entered into the company-wide decorated pumpkin contest. This is the first company-wide contest that involves entries from Orion's Auburn and Mukilteo facilities.  Pumpkins that were awarded a ribbon earned their decorator a gift card!
Puget Sound Diversity Employment Network Event

 Orion Industries, Auburn, hosted the October PSDEN event. Standing from left to right: Lavada Colon, Dru Fleming, Cathy Wegner, Tamie Clark, and Kathy Powers.

Orion Industries, Auburn, Training & Employment staff hosted the October meeting of the Puget Sound Diversity Employment Network on October 31, 2016. In addition to the networking opportunity, the event let area employers learn about Orion's training programs, and participate in live resume presentations.

Mukilteo Trick or Treating

 Orion Industries, Mukilteo, staff in their Halloween costumes.

Orion staff members in Mukilteo came to work in their Halloween costumes on October 31st, ready to go trick or treating through the facility. It's all about the candy! 

Reverse Trick or Treating

 Orion Industries, Auburn, T&E and Admin staff costumed and ready to pass out some candy.

Members of the Orion Industries, Auburn, Training & Employment division were joined by members of the Admin team in reverse trick or treating on October 31st. Costumed team members visited staff and program participants to pass out candy and treats !

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