Mission Statement

Armite Lubricants manufactures the highest quality industrial lubricants and other specialty compounds and delivers innovative solutions that best suit Armite’s customers’ needs by focusing on their businesses.

Armite’s Goal

Armite Lubricants’ goal is to be a leading global product and service provider of industrial lubricants, anti-seize compounds and specialty chemicals.

Armite’s Story

When manufacturing was a backbone industry of the United States of America, Howard Armington, a chemist by trade, founded Armite Lubricants in 1928. Mr. Armington seized the opportunity to formulate products that enhanced the productivity of that time. Today, Armite continues to manufacture top-quality industrial lubricants, and is now a Woman-Owned Small Business.

Reaching great success in its early years, Armite established an impressive product line with a continuous focus on high quality ingredients that meet and exceed the many applications of industrial lubricants, anti-seize thread compounds, sealants, and penetrants. The company was eventually passed down to Mr. Armington’s son and then his granddaughter, preserving the family legacy.

When Josh Walker took over the company in 1998, he not only maintained the family values that Armite was built on, he also took the company to new heights. Mr. Walker moved Armite’s headquarters from Los Angeles to Costa Mesa, California. After years of growth, Armite completed the expansion of its facility through the addition of an on-site test laboratory.

Twenty years later, after building Armite Lubricants and its network of loyal customers, Mr. Walker’s daughter, Kathy Sandstrum, acquired the company. Kathy now serves as Armite’s CEO and co-owner. In true Armite family fashion, Kathy’s husband of 26 years, Mike Sandstrum, now serves as the President and co-owner.

Today, Armite Lubricants provides the Military, Aerospace, Aviation, Transportation, Energy, Machinery, Manufacturing and Distribution industries with a full line of top-quality industrial lubricants, anti-seize and other specialty compounds and real-time shipping. Here at Armite, we strive to raise the bar as one of the top globally recognized Woman-Owned, family-run, small business manufacturers and private labelers of industrial lubricants, anti-seize, sealants, penetrants, and specialty compounds.

Many Armite Lubricants’ products are approved to military and federal specifications, but the company is perhaps best known to the general consumer for its 12|34 Miracle Formula®. 12|34 Miracle Formula® is the oldest and finest general-purpose penetrating, rust preventative and moisture removing lubricant on the market today. Professional tradesmen who want the very best in a specialty lubricant ask for Armite’s products by name. Be sure to try 12|34 Miracle Formula® today!

What Makes Armite Different?

  • Woman-owned small business
  • 92+ years of continued success
  • Family owned and operated for six generations
  • Market-proven product line
  • Custom programs
  • White Label/Private Label
  • Market development funds
  • End user/consumer programs
  • Real-time shipping (typically within 24 hours or less)
  • Emergency/priority shipments
  • Product and experiential innovation
  • Quality and safety assurance programs

Meet the Executive Team


Kathy Sandstrum
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Owner, kathy@armite.com


Mike Sandstrum
President & Co-Owner, mike@armite.com


Mary Kirsten
Director of Operations, mary@armite.com


Megan Sandstrum
Director of Business Development, megan@armite.com


Lance Kirsten
Director of Production

John Dobbie

John Dobie
Strategic Advisor

Kathleen Stubbs
Strategic Advisor