Mission Statement

Armite Lubricants manufactures the highest quality industrial lubricants, anti-seize compounds, and corrosion inhibitors, while delivering innovative solutions that best suit its customers’ needs and requirements.

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 anti-seize compounds and is 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 commercial-grade, industrial grade, and military-grade lubricants, anti-seize compounds, corrosion inhibitors, sealants, rust penetrants as well as other specialty compounds. 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 27 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-seizes and other specialty compounds, and almost always with 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/white labelers of lubricants, anti-seizes, sealants, penetrants, corrosion inhibitors, and other specialty compounds.

Armite has always been about quality of product and customer service. However, in today’s ever competitive market, we needed to take our quality processes and systems to the next level. Through a lot of hard work and determination, we created a QMS that was perfect for our business culture and strategy. In 2020, we became AS9100 and ISO 9001 certified. Our QMS has further strengthened our processes and attention to detail. You can be confident in the quality of products, customer service, and strategic relationships when working with Team Armite.

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