OUR TIMELINE

The History of Lorin Industries

LORIN

A SHORT STORY

It’s 1943 in Muskegon, Michigan. Our founder, Herb Kersman,  opens a small electroplating firm to support the war effort by producing cadmium- and zinc-plated materials. The demand  for anodized aluminum eventually prompted Herb to pivot  business strategies, and the rest they say, is history.

Herb Kersman at Muskegon Plating
coil anodizing being designed and built
Coil anodizing lines at Lorin
Lorin's wastewater treatment plant

40s

1943: Herb Kersman opens electroplating company called Muskegon Plating.

50s

1953: First-ever coil anodizing line designed and built.

1957: Fire causes severe building and line damage.

60s

Early 1960s: Two more coil anodizing lines built.

1962: Coil slitting and shearing services added.

70s

1976: State-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility built.

Robert Kersman at Lorin
Floppy Disk
Park Kersman in a meeting
Mercedes Benz Super Dome

80s

1983: Robert “Buzz” Kersman purchases Lorin Industries.

1988: UV-resistant ColorIn®  colors introduced.

90s

1991: Innovative lighting sheets developed: PreMirror®, DuraMatt® .

1991: Cogeneration facility built for a sustainable future.

1992: Established as a global leading supplier of 3.5″ diskette for personal computers.

1996: Eighth coil anodizing line built.

00s

Early 2000s: Business expands internationally to Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

2006: Park Kersman becomes third-generation owner.

2006: Lorin launches Adhere®  patented in 2009.

10s

2010: Mercedes-Benz Superdome refinished with Lorin anodized aluminum.

2012: Lorin Industries named one of “Michigan’s top 50 Companies to Watch”

2013: Expands architectural business in China with Zaha Hadid’s Nanjing Youth Olympic Center.

2013: Lorin becomes the official anodized aluminum supplier for Rimowa luggage.

2013: Lorin creates world’s only UV stable anodized aluminum zinc colors (AnoZinc®  l , AnoZinc®  ll , Pewter  made with Arconic  Tectur-Al)

2016: Awarded “Project of the Year” by Metal Architecture Magazine for the Owensboro Convention Center.

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