The History of Lorin Industries
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.
1943: Herb Kersman opens electroplating company called Muskegon Plating.
1953: First-ever coil anodizing line designed and built.
1957: Fire causes severe building and line damage.
Early 1960s: Two more coil anodizing lines built.
1962: Coil slitting and shearing services added.
1976: State-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility built.
1983: Robert “Buzz” Kersman purchases Lorin Industries.
1988: UV-resistant ColorIn® colors introduced.
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.
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.
2016: Awarded “Project of the Year” by Metal Architecture Magazine for the Owensboro Convention Center.
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