Orion Announces 30 New Manufacturing and Assembly Jobs at its Manitowoc, WI Facility

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During a major shift in market demand from Orion’s legacy fluorescent lighting products to new LED technology in 2012, Orion embarked on a journey to transform its product offering to meet the new paradigm in commercial and industrial lighting. The higher level of technical complexity with LED lighting drove significant change in the company over the next four years including an acquisition, a higher level of financial discipline, a different set of experience requirements for new talent, and new manufacturing processes. Today, over 80 percentage of Orion’s product line consists of LED products compared to just 10 percent in 2013. During the challenging transition, Orion maintained its position as an industry leading innovator as well as its long list of Fortune 500 customers including corporate giants like Toyota, Coca-Cola, GE and more. In the fall of 2016, Orion released the highest performing LED high bay product in the industry. As LED sales continue to climb, so has the need for new manufacturing employees. As a result, on January 9, 2017, Orion announced the addition of 30 new jobs in its Manitowoc, Wisconsin production facility.

“We are looking to expand our talent pool and want to stay in front of the rapid pace of innovation in our industry. We believe we have the right workforce to do that right here in Manitowoc.”

The new Wisconsin-based jobs demonstrate Orion’s commitment to manufacturing its products in America. As Orion’s Executive Vice-President Marc Meade explained, “We are looking to expand our talent pool and want to stay in front of the rapid pace of innovation in our industry. We believe we have the right workforce to do that right here in Manitowoc.”

As part of the announcement, Orion recently hosted a Chamber After Hours event for the members of Manitowoc County Chamber of Commerce that included a presentation on Orion’s recent changes and a tour of the company’s production facility.

The event was also attended by Manitowoc County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer, Camille Solburg from U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s office, Alan Ott from U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman’s office and Nick Sparacio from the Manitowoc Economic Development office. These leaders have recognized the importance of continuing to grow Manitowoc’s manufacturing base.

As Congressman Grothman explained, “I’m proud to support Orion as it recently launched a turnaround, an expansion, and extensive job-creation efforts. America needs more companies like Orion that are committed to manufacturing locally and competing throughout North America. I’m glad that Orion is committed to the Manitowoc community, creating good-paying jobs and helping to keep the local economy thriving.” Senator Johnson noted, “Economic strength throughout Wisconsin and America begins with brave business owners who take risks and react to changes in the state, national and global market. Orion’s recent expansion and creation of good-paying jobs demonstrate their commitment to the Manitowoc area, the state of Wisconsin, and the private sector.”

“Economic strength throughout Wisconsin and America begins with brave business owners who take risks and react to changes in the state, national and global market.  Orion’s recent expansion and creation of good-paying jobs demonstrate their commitment to the Manitowoc area, the state of Wisconsin, and the private sector.”

Orion was excited to share the news with our local business community and is committed to Manitowoc and its future. As Orion’s Chief Operating Officer, Mike Potts explained. “This is a turnaround story. We’re excited for the future, and look forward to working with the community.”

 

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