The Auburn Reporter
MUKILTEO — A nonprofit Mukilteo company that helps disabled workers is merging with a similar nonprofit based in Auburn.
For 45 years, Diversified Industrial Services has helped people with barriers to employment gain job skills. The company does work for aerospace, military and commercial businesses, including making harnesses and cables and applying seals and bonds on parts.
It will join with Auburn’s Orion Industries, which is another social enterprise nonprofit that does manufacturing for for-profit businesses including for Boeing.
Orion won Boeing Supplier of the Year Awards in 2011 and 2015.
With the merger, Diversified’s name will drop and its operations at 13008 Beverly Park Road in Mukilteo will be renamed Orion Industries.
The merger means that Orion will bring added manufacturing capabilities to Diversified’s Mukilteo plant while also providing expanded vocational rehabilitation training and job opportunities for residents of Snohomish County.
Orion partners with federal, state, county, and local agencies, providing training opportunities and job placement services to individuals in the community.
Orion helps those with barriers to employment, such as learning disabilities, low income, and mental health barriers.
Orion uses operations in its aerospace manufacturing division and contact center services division as platforms to teach people job skills through a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job-training, including mentoring and internship programs.
The nonprofits have and will continue compete head-to-head against for-profit businesses in the competitive world of aerospace parts manufacturing.