1. Metalex and Morton Celebrate 115 Years of Service

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    As we celebrate the 115th year of the Morton product line, we would like to thank all of the customers for the vital business relationships we’ve developed. These relationships have been the key to the success of Morton products. We will continue to provide mission-critical components, service, and expertise to any industry that demands the best in product quality and safety, and we remain committed to meeting the high expectations of our customers and clients.

    Our History

    Metalex was founded back in 1962 in Libertyville, Illinois, by two local entrepreneurs. The company continued to grow – both in product lines and the services it offered – until 1993 when it was purchased by Jason Inc., a global family of manufacturing companies.

    Morton Manufacturing, a leading provider of non-slip surfaces for the rail industry, was founded back in 1903.  In 2011, Jason Industries purchased Morton, a four-generation, family-owned company.  The merger of Metalex and Morton followed in 2014, and they now operate jointly under the Metalex name.

    Today, these combined companies continue to provide safety solutions for railroad applications. Morton products feature effective non-slip walking surfaces for railroad workers on platforms, and also for a variety of freight car applications, such as:

    • Tank cars
    • Intermodal well cars
    • Covered hoppers
    • Locomotives
    • Open hoppers

    What We Offer

    Metalex offers the full line of Morton Rail Products, honoring Morton’s long-time relationship with the rail industry. Metalex/Morton offers industry leading specialized customer walking surfaces and accessories for safetycritical rail jobs, and our products have played a crucial role in providing this essential protection for rail workers.

    As a solutions provider, we recognize our clients’ needs for high-quality products in a wide variety of railcar applications. Our proprietary Open-Grip® rail products include:

    • Open-Grip® Running Boards
    • Open-Grip® Brake Steps
    • Open-Grip® End Platforms
    • Open-Grip® Platforms

    Metalex also supplies Morton’s non-slip surface product line to distributors, OEMs, and aftermarket customers across the agricultural, heavy equipment, and general industrial sectors.

    Thank You to Morton Rail Products Customers

    Thank you to all the users and supporters of Morton Rail Products for allowing us to serve the industrial community for 115 years. We are proud to be part of a larger family of like-minded companies, and we will continue to strive every day to make sure our customers remain our number one priority.

    If you would like to join the ever-growing Metalex/Morton family, please contact us to discuss our safety solutions and how they can help with your company’s operation.