Who We Are

Our History

A passion for mechanics and motor racing launched Orion Industries from humble basement beginnings to a leading force in the functional coating industry. In 1963, founder Bruce Nesbitt began researching a coating from Alpha Molykote to further his motor racing hobby. The coating was made of molybdenum disulfide for automotive engine and drivetrain parts. The simple research project stimulated a profound interest in functional coatings and their applications, which Bruce used to slowly grow Orion from a dream with one employee to the most technically advanced functional coating application corporation in the industry. It is the joy and challenge of solving coating problems through research, designing and building automated coating application equipment that Bruce still carries with him as an active leader in Orion.

Orion's unique origins and stable growth process encourage a dedication to strategic, long-term relationships with customers. As part of the relationship building process, each new customer is introduced to the Solutioneering® philosophy of succeeding, which matches technical requirements of a job with the best candidate coating and optimized application. The process of working with customers as individuals to truly deliver the best coating application service in the industry has resulted in Orion earning the privilege and responsibility of being the single source of supply for more than 95% of its customers.

Our Dedication

As a leader in Teflon® coatings, Orion Industries is dedicated to enhancing the performance capabilities of our customers' products. Issues such as friction, sticking, corrosion, noise, abrasion, and FDA compliance are easily resolved with Orion's expert engineers and innovative coating techniques. Our coating processes increase the value of automotive parts, medical devices, consumer goods and many other products by creating functional surfaces that eliminate problems.

Our Credibility

Orion has been serving the needs of engineers and manufacturers for over 54 years. We maintain an in-house laboratory to develop specialized materials and application methods, which are often required for new products in need of quality coating. We’ll never send you products below your standards or expectations and proudly maintain a return rate less than 1% on average. We aim to keep it this way. Additionally, we are dedicated to coating agnostic - we serve our customer's interests, not the interests of coating manufacturers. Our in-house ability to design and build equipment and specialized processes reinforces our engineering approach to precision coating application. Our unique standards demand that products are checked, checked again, and checked another time, and we measure coating consistency down to the micron. Orion has a 1R3 financial rating from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), is AS9100 D, ISO 9001:2015 registered and serves as the sole coating supply source for many OEM's.

Our Story

Customers have always turned to Orion Industries when they have outgrown dealing with rejected parts, poor delivery, or volume capacity. Innovative applications with precise measuring and high quality are what we deliver: every product, every time.

For 54 years we have supplied performance coatings that set the highest standards of the industry to our loyal customer base. At Orion, quality is everyone’s responsibility. We believe that the smartest person in the room is 3 feet from the job. This means that anywhere during the process, anyone can stop the line and ensure that the part or project is thus far correctly coated. We strive for first-pass efficiency.

Our robotic and precise processes increase accuracy, which allows us to control coating thickness down to ±3 microns. Our knowledge of coatings and high level of quality certification make us the company you can trust. We have access to the world’s most qualified fluoropolymer coating manufacturer and apply their coatings to their approved quality standards. We deliver the job done right the first time.

Where We Are

Orion Industries is headquartered in Chicago, IL with our main production facility conveniently located near expressways, trains, and major interstate routes. We process and ship product throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and other countries around the world.

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