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Morton Industries / Sales: $75 million / HQ: Morton, Ill. / Employees: 650 / Specialty: Machining and assembly /Chris Ober, president: “Our clients often comment that if no one else can manufacture the part, they should call Morton Industries – because we can.” invested in state-of-the-art 3-D, flat laser and tube laser capabilities as well as the latest tube-bending equipment to craft the precise tubing for its clients’ applications. Able to bend tube diameter configurations from 1/8 inch through 7 inches as well as thin-wall, 22-gauge tubing through solid bar, the equipment can accommodate a range of materials including carbon, galvanized, aluminized and stainless steel, in addition to aluminum and other alloys. “Morton is one of the only companies in the country that offers laser cutting with bending coupled with 3D laser and flat laser capabilities,” Ober asserts. “We’re willing to invest the capital and tooling to create whatever part our customers need.” Additionally, Ober attributes much of the company’s success to seasoned employees who work with clients to address challenges. “We have a team that’s been working together for a long time,” he says. “We work well both together and with clients, and our technical expertise is outstanding.” as a top tube bender in the united states, morton industries ships 4,000 part numbers each month. Great Expectations Morton’s customers require parts with zero defects that are manufactured to exact specifications. “Not only will we work with them to achieve this,” Ober says, “our engineers try to implement methods that can save costs.” In other words, the engineers at Morton Industries ask, “What is the best way to design this part?” For example, Morton’s team will work closely with a client’s design engineers to determine ways to eliminate the need for fixtures, allowing the parts to interlock together, thereby reducing the tooling costs associated with a traditional type of assembly. The firm also can eliminate secondary operations by implementing laser technologies. “If we can work with the client’s engineers to put a hole that’s needed at a certain point before the tube is bent to the neces- Totally Tubular with a ‘ can-do’ mindset, morton industries has an impressive list of repeat clients. by barbara mc hatton In the world of machine tubing, Morton Industries appears to have found quite a successful niche. Starting out in 1946 as a welding operation, Morton gained a reputation for fabricating farm implements, platforms and ladder assemblies. Finding its success in machined, tubular and assembled product manufacturing, Morton Industries has emerged to become one of the top tube benders in the United States. The firm currently ships more than 122 SPRING 2011 4,000 different part numbers per month. The firm also recently acquired Bradley Services, Inc., which produces similar products. “We build parts for some pretty big clients like Deere, Komatsu and Caterpillar,” President Chris Ober says. “In fact, our clients often comment that if no one else can manufacture the part, they should call Morton Industries – because we can.” And it’s probably not too far from the truth. Morton Industries has

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2011
Business Value
Supply Chain
Patriot Forge Co.
Reading Bakery Systems
The South African Mint Co.
GCX Corp.
Jay Industries Inc.
Johnson Electric Coil Co.
Certified Transmission
Olhausen Billiards
Pace Industrues
RTI Claro
The Testor Corp.
Restonic Matresses
Advanced Automation
Anadigics Inc.
Hermes Cones & Snack Manufacturers
JR Automation Technologies LLC
Prodomax Automation Inc.
Stafford Manufacturing Corp.
New England Ropes
Berger Paints Trinidad Ltd.
Air Tractor
Artisans Inc.
Bermingham Foundation Solutions
Bowers Manufacturing Co.
Ferti Technologies
Industrial Acoustics
Morton Industries
Presstek Inc.
Ranco Fertiservice Inc.
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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2011