Morton Industries has become a major partner for industry leaders like Caterpillar through 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.
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.