About Exotic Automation & Supply

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The History of Exotic

Founded in 1963 as Exotic Rubber and Plastics, our corporate culture is marked by a history of pioneering new technologies. In 1972, we became a distributor of Parker Hannifin products. This commitment generated a dramatic increase in our involvement within the expanding field of automation and motion control. In 2001, we changed our name to Exotic Automation & Supply in order to fully reflect the scope of our product and service offerings. Today, we are an internationally recognized, ISO 9001:2015 certified specialty manufacturer: Exotic serves virtually every industrial sector where automation, motion control, material handling, gasket and sealing solutions are required.

The history of our company is remarkable in retrospect. It’s truly an American success story of hard work, patriotism, education, ingenuity, innovation, continuous improvement, longevity and survival in the face of adversity.

  • 1970s

    Exotic established their first branch in Jackson, MI followed by a second in Freeland, MI.

    Ford Motor Company awards Exotic Rubber & Plastics their first blanket contract for hydraulic hose and fittings. This development eventually led to the official designation as a Parker Hannifin Distributor for fluid connector products.

  • 1980s

    Exotic established two additional branches.

    Exotic acquires MidStates in Lansing, MI and LakeStates in Flint, MI.

    Exotic earns one of Ford Motor Company’s top awards, achieves Q-1 status and launches Exotic’s commodity management team to service Exotic’s fluid power contracts with a multitude of automotive plants.

  • 1990s – 2000s

    2000 – Chuck Marino’s son, Tom Marino, becomes Exotic’s president.

    A new company name, Exotic Automation & Supply was christened to bring together the various aspects of the company and reflected the diverse nature of what the business has become.

    Exotic Automation & Supply achieves the designation of a Premier Parker Distributor, offering Parker fluid connectors, hydraulics, pneumatics, and electromechanical products.

  • Today

    Exotic Automation & Supply has 9 branches located in Southeast, MI & 1 in Noblesville, IN.


    Exotic Automation & Supply is one of only a handful of Parker distributors in the nation authorized as a Technical Center of Excellence for hydraulic, pneumatic, and electromechanical products.


    Exotic is here to service you and is committed to being your supplier of choice.

  • 1950s

    Ford Motor Company experiences crucial problems with a bobbin in one of their high-volume alternators for the new Ford Falcon. Exotic’s future founder, Chuck Marino, sees a solution and develops a new design utilizing an “exotic” nylon blend. This invention resolves Ford’s production issue and the company approaches him with a contract for high-volume production quantities. This is the part that started it all.

  • 1960s

    1963 – Exotic Rubber & Plastics was founded by Chuck Marino. The name Exotic is selected to reflect the unique and high-end products Chuck wanted to produce.

    Chuck Marino becomes a Le-Hi Andrews distributor, a division of Parker Hannifin, for industrial hose fittings to complement their Uniroyal hose sales. This began the company’s relationship with Parker Hannifin.