Metalex, a Jason Company, was founded in 1962 in Libertyville, Illinois by two local entrepreneurs. With diverse and complementary expertise in salesmanship and engineering, they grew their company with one machine in a small factory on the east edge of town. In 1979, Metalex moved into a facility on the site of a former horse farm in south Libertyville.

Metalex continued to grow and added to the original building in 1983, increasing total square footage to 150,000 and equipment totaling twenty-three expanding lines, a full machine shop and a secondary processing department that includes shearing, stamping and plasma cutting. In 1993, Metalex was acquired by Jason Incorporated, a global family of manufacturing companies with 34 locations in the U.S. and 12 foreign countries.

In 2005, Metalex acquired Arcor, a manufacturer of perforated metal and a variety of metal tubes primarily for the fluid filtration industry. The Arcor operation was moved into the Metalex facility and launched Metalex into a growth opportunity in perforated metal.

In 2011, Jason acquired Morton Manufacturing, the leading manufacturer of anti-slip walking surfaces for railcars, specifically for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company also supplies distributors, OEMs, and aftermarket customers in the agricultural, heavy equipment and general industrial space.

Morton has been providing customers with consistently superior products and excellent customer service since 1903 from the 200,000 square foot facility which is also located in Libertyville. Morton’s Open-Grip®, Deck Span®, and Tread-Grip® proprietary product designs provide non-slip surfaces that meet or exceed federal specifications for slip resistance.

In 2014, Metalex and Morton merged under the Metalex name.

Metalex Quality Policy

Metalex is committed to providing high quality products meeting customer expectations through continuous improvement, team work, and individual responsibility.

Metalex Mission Statement 7-10-14 (3)


Metalex Sales personnel are long-term employees with years of experience at the company. Armed with full product and capability knowledge, they can do much more than take your order. They can help you determine the proper product for your needs, whether it is expanded metal, perforated metal, or perforated tubes. Along with the Metalex Sales Team, our Engineering group can assist in ensuring the right product for your application.

Metalex enjoys sole source partnerships with many of our customers. Having earned Quality Preferred and Strategic Supplier designations at Key Customers, Metalex is focused on superior Quality, Service, and Delivery. Metalex is an ISO 9001:2015 Registered company.

About Jason Incorporated

Jason Incorporated is parent company to a global family of manufacturing leaders within the automotive acoustics, components, finishing and seating markets. Financially strong and globally competitive, Jason business units feature strong leadership teams and world-class employees, along with an impressive roster of long-term customers, including some of the world’s most recognized brand names.

Through the implementation of the Jason Business System, Jason companies leverage their collective expertise and economies of scale to efficiently deliver best-in-class solutions that advance customers’ business. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jason employs more than 4,000 individuals in 14 countries.

The Jason Business System

As a Jason Incorporated company, Metalex employs the Jason Business System (JBS), a collaborative manufacturing strategy that emphasizes best-in-class performance, innovation, continual improvement, and ethics. Through the implementation of JBS principles and processes, Metalex is positioned to deliver second-to-none solutions and unparalleled customer service and support.


Metalex employs the key principles of the Jason Business System