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Morton Industries
www.mortonind.com / HQ: Morton, Ill. / Employees: 350 / Chris Ober, CEO/president: "We
have the flexibility to process the same part in several areas, allowing for very short lead times."

Midwest

having developed most of its own
processes, morton industries is
positioned to deliver solutions
quickly and efficiently.

Powerful Partner

morton is a major partner for industry leaders
thanks to vertical integration. by chris petersen

Beginnings don't get much humbler than Morton Industries'. The
Morton, Ill.-based company started
out in a garage in 1946 that cost the
founder $1,000. After performing
simple welding and repair jobs, the
company attracted the attention of industrial giant Caterpillar, which hired
the company to start performing
small production work and repairs. In
time, Morton Industries' bond with
Caterpillar only grew stronger, and
the company eventually added new
capabilities including tubular fabrications and machined components.
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Today, the bond between Morton Industries and its customers is stronger
than ever, with large OEMs providing
the company with nearly 80 percent
of its business. CEO and President
Chris Ober says that the long-standing
relationships it has with industry leaders such as Caterpillar, John Deere,
Komatsu and Kubota are testament to
the strength of Morton Industries' services and processes.
Ober says the vertical integration
and machining expertise the company brings to the table are key to making Morton Industries successful in

serving its demanding customer base
with tubular fabrication solutions.
The company's primary customers
are in the off-highway heavy equipment OEM segment, serving mainly
the mining, construction and agriculture industries. Ober says the company also serves some outdoor power
customers as well. No matter who its
customers are, Morton Industries has
been delivering the same high-quality
services and industry-leading responsiveness, and Ober says these will be
the qualities that will carry the company to new heights in the future.

Fully Equipped
Unlike many of its competitors,
Ober says, Morton Industries brings
a deep understanding of its customers' needs and has evolved to meet
those needs without having to rely on


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