The Stonehouse Orion team comprises of Lionel Gorick, Jonathan Gorick and Jeremy Gorick. The Gorick family previously owned the Iotech Group, which included Liquid Plastics and Incorez in Preston and operated facilities in the UK, Belgium and America.
The Group manufactured, marketed and sold high performance surface coatings, predominantly for roofing, and the base raw materials for use in the manufacture of surface coatings.
At the time of its sale the Group had a head office in Preston covering some 6 acres, three manufacturing sites in the UK and US, a European hub in Belgium, turnover of £50 million and 280 employees in three countries.
Lionel was born in Darwen in 1927 and was brought up in Feniscowles, near Blackburn.
In 1951, Lionel started the Astral Chemical Company with his brother, Desmond. By 1963 the brothers had sold Astral and moved to Preston where they established Liquid Plastics Ltd. In 1966, the Company relocated to its present location on Salmon Street from where neighbouring properties were acquired.
Lionel went on to become the Chairman of the Iotech Group overseeing the continued growth of the Group.
Lionel was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire in 1997 and in 2000 he received an MBE for services to the manufacturing sector and services to the local community. Aside from his business interests, Lionel is a member of Preston Rotary Club and a former member of Preston Round Table.
Jonathan was born in Preston in 1960 and has lived to the north of the city for most of his life. He is married and has one son.
Jonathan joined Liquid Plastics in 1979. During his 30 years with the Iotech Group he focussed on production and quality control. The increasing demands of health, safety and environmental regulation on the Group were added to his portfolio of responsibility. Latterly he became involved in the human resource activities of the Companiesí using the Investors in People Standard as a benchmark for the Groupís human resource policies. The standard was successfully transferred to the Groupís Belgian Company, making it one of the first Belgian companies to achieve the prestigious award.
Jonathan has been a trustee of Cancer Help, based in Preston and Garstang,for 8 years and has been Chairman for 2 years.
Jeremy was born in Preston in 1961 and has lives in the Chorley area with his wife and two children.
Jeremy joined Liquid Plastics in 1978 working in the sales and marketing departments. It was in these areas of the Companies that he stayed and, as Managing Director, was responsible for the restructuring of the Groupís sales and marketing activities. Through a focus on the Groupís strengths and its competitorsí weaknesses; by identifying key routes to market and promoting customer relationships the Group grew its sales five-fold, over a ten year period. During this period, the Group won many awards including BIBA Lancashire Business of the Year. On a personal level, Jeremyís business successes were recognised when he won Entrepreneur of the Year and Lancashire Businessman of the Year 2008.
Jeremy is a Director of the Preston Vision Board, a body committed to the development of the city region, sits on the board of the University of Central Lancashire and is a governor of Queen Elizabethís Grammar School, Blackburn.