Mission Statement

Armite Lubricants is dedicated to providing its customers with the highest quality industrial and military spec and grade lubricants, anti-seize compounds, and corrosion inhibitors, and strives to meet their specific needs through innovative solutions.

With cutting proprietary formulations and industry knowledge, Armite Lubricants aims to deliver superior products and exceptional customer service, while fostering long-term relationships with its customers based on trust and reliability.

By continuously improving and adapting to meet the ever-changing needs of its customers, Armite Lubricants aims to remain a leader in the industry.

Who We Are

In the realm of commercialization, Armite Lubricants boasts a strong distribution network that spans both domestic and international markets, all while delivering exceptional post-purchase customer support.

At Armite, we specialize in producing and supplying a range of products from Military, Industry & Commercial Spec and Grade lubricants to greases and degreaser solvents.

We also offer a premium line of anti-seize compounds, providing a comprehensive solution for quality maintenance, repair, and overhaul services. With a 95-year-plus legacy of manufacturing excellence in high-performance industrial lubricants, we are an industry leader across multiple sectors including many Industrial sectors such as, Aerospace, Aviation, Airlines, Defense, Automotive, Marine, Mining & Oilfield.

Our wealth of experience enables us to form meaningful partnerships with numerous OEMs and authorized Armite distributors. These collaborations are centered on improving product knowledge, speeding up delivery times, offering competitive prices, and delivering exceptional customer service. The end goal is to streamline operations, making them more efficient and cost-effective.

Armite’s Story

John-C.-Armington-Founder-and-the-Armite-Legacy-TeamArmite Lubricants was founded in 1928 by Howard Armington, a chemist, during a time when manufacturing was a pivotal industry in the United States. With his expertise, Armington developed products that significantly increased productivity.

Today, as a Woman-Owned Small Business, Armite Lubricants continues to manufacture high-quality military, commercial Spec and commercial grade industrial lubricants and anti-seize compounds that meet the ever-evolving needs of the industry.

Armite Lubricants achieved significant success in its early years, thanks to its unwavering commitment to using high-quality ingredients in the formulation of its product line, which included commercial-grade, industrial-grade, and military-grade lubricants, anti-seize compounds, corrosion inhibitors, sealants, rust penetrants, and other specialty compounds.

After Howard Armington, the company’s founder, the business was passed down to his son, and then to his granddaughter, who has preserved the family legacy. Today, Armite Lubricants continues to innovate and provide top-quality products to its customers.

Under the leadership of Josh Walker, who assumed ownership of the company in 1998, Armite Lubricants not only upheld its core family values but also reached new heights. Mr. Walker relocated the company’s headquarters from Los Angeles to Costa Mesa, California, and oversaw years of significant growth.

To further enhance the company’s capabilities, Armite Lubricants added an on-site test laboratory, completing the expansion of its facility. Today, Armite Lubricants remains committed to providing high-quality products and exceptional customer service to its clients.

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 30 years, Mike Sandstrum, now serves as the President and co-owner.

Armite Lubricants currently offers a full line of top-quality industrial lubricants, anti-seizes, and other specialty compounds to a range of industries, including Military, Aerospace, Aviation, Marine, Transportation, Mining, Oil and Gas, Motorsports, Heavy Equipment, Energy, Machinery, Manufacturing, and Distribution.

At Armite Lubricants, we are committed to providing exceptional manufacturing and customer service, which is evident in our ability to offer real-time shipping to our customers.

As a globally recognized Woman-Owned, family-run, small business, we take pride in setting the industry standard as a premier manufacturer and private/white labeler of lubricants, anti-seizes, sealants, penetrants, corrosion inhibitors, and other specialty compounds.

Our continued focus on quality and innovation allows us to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients and maintain our position as an industry leader.

Quality and exceptional customer service have always been the pillars of Armite Lubricants. However, in today’s highly competitive market, we recognized the need to enhance our quality processes and systems.

After significant effort and dedication, we developed a QMS (Quality Management System) that aligned with our business culture and strategy. This effort culminated in our certification as AS9100 and ISO 9001 compliant in 2020, which further strengthened our processes and attention to detail.

At Armite, we are proud to deliver top-quality products, exceptional customer service, and strategic partnerships with our clients, all backed by our robust QMS.

What Makes Armite Different?

  • AS9100D & ISO 9001:2015 Certified
  • New product design
  • Woman-owned small business
  • Continued success since 1928
  • Family owned and operated for six generations
  • Market-proven product line
  • Custom and special orders
  • Cyber-secure – NIST SP 800-171 Compliant
  • White label/Private label
  • Real-time shipping (typically 24-48 ARO)
  • Emergency & AOG shipments

Meet the Executive Team


Kathy Sandstrum
Chief Executive Officer
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Mike Sandstrum
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Megan Sandstrum
Director of Operations
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John Dobbie

John Dobie
Strategic Advisor

Ken Baker

Ken Baker, Ph.D.
Technical Lubricant Consultant

Duane Treybig

Duane Treybig
Chemical Research Scientist