• 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.

  • Morton Rail Products for Rail Cars

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    At Metalex, we pride ourselves on supplying industry-leading safety grating products for a wide range of industries, helping to ensure optimal safety and performance in critical applications. And now, following our 2011 merger with Morton Manufacturing Co., we’re also proud to offer a full line of Morton AAR-approved rail products.

    For 115 years, Morton Rail Products has been providing top-quality safety platforms, brake steps, running boards, and side sheets to the rail industry. An industry leader in specialized, customizable walking surfaces and accessories for safety-critical rail jobs, they played a crucial role in protecting rail workers and ensuring optimal efficiency. Since railways run year-round, in all types of weather conditions, providing employees with the proper walkways is key.

    Today, Metalex is pleased to offer the following Morton rail products:

    Open-Grip® Running Boards — This unique design features large, round holes and raised, perforated buttons, as well as integral “wiped” ends. These strong, radiused ends ensure safe transition between boards when they’re laid end-to-end, while eliminating the need for mechanically fastened end supports commonly used by other companies. Margins are included all the way around. This allows ice, snow, and other debris to easily fall through the holes, making for a safe, clear walkway. The cold-formed pierced buttons provide slip resistance in all directions and retain their gripping power even under continuous wear. Grab handles can be safely and easily installed using special top and bottom washers through the debossed holes.

    Open-Grip® Brake Steps — Like the running boards, Morton’s brake steps feature the same lightweight, self-cleaning, slip-resistant Open-Grip® pattern. And, as with all Open-Grip® products, the interrupted pattern allows for the unique wiped end-design. Made from 13-gauge G-90 pre-galvanized prime steel, these brake steps can be easily fastened to railcars using bolt seat washers through the Open-Grip® debossings.

    Open-Grip® End Platforms — Morton’s standard end platforms are 8 1/2 inches wide and 60 1/16 inches long. A collar allows for easy installation without the need to remove the brake chain. The closed-back style has a cutout in the walking surface for the brake chain.

    Open-Grip® Platforms — No matter what type of walking surface you’re working with, Morton can design a platform to meet its unique needs. The unique wiped-end design on the Open-Grip® platforms allows for total flexibility in terms of width, length, pattern spacing, and cutout placement. For this reason, Morton platforms are widely used in double-stack and coil-car applications.

    Learn More

    Since 1903, four generations of the family-owned Morton Manufacturing Co. have dedicated themselves to providing safe walking surfaces to workers in the railroad freight industry. Morton rail solutions are used in a wide range of freight-car applications, including covered hoppers, tank cars, intermodal well cars, locomotives, and open hoppers.

    To learn more about Morton Rail Products’ offerings and discuss how their safety solutions can help with your rail work, download the Morton Rail Products Running Board Brochure, or reach out to the team at Metalex today.