Friday morning, the City of Lancaster and Morton Manufacturing, a well-established firm specializing in the manufacture of fasteners for the aerospace industry, celebrated the grand opening of Morton's new 88,000 square foot facility in the Lancaster Business Park. The company will bring a total of 350 jobs to the Antelope Valley, including 220 existing employees as well as an anticipated 130 new positions for local workers.
"We enjoy a close working relationship with the City of Lancaster," said Tehachapi City Manager Greg Garrett. "We have close economic ties, and we look forward to the ripple effect [of the job creation]."
Garrett said a significant number of people commute from Tehachapi to jobs in Lancaster.
"In the midst of a recession and ensuing economic challenges, Lancaster and Morton Manufacturing have succeeded in facilitating a partnership which will reap tremendous benefits for both the business and our community," said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. "Their arrival marks only the beginning of a new wave of manufacturing here in Lancaster, as well as an incredible employment opportunity for our local residents."
"Our search for the ideal location for our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility led us to the City of Lancaster, and we are very glad it did," said Yolanda Morton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morton Manufacturing.
Morton Manufacturing's new 10.06-acre parcel is located in the Lancaster Business Park at 201 East Avenue K-15. Those interested in employment opportunities with Morton Manufacturing may call 661-298-0895.
Launched in 1967, Morton Manufacturing specializes in the production of nickel-alloy bolts for gas-turbine aircraft engines. The firm, whose client list includes such companies as General Electric, Pratt Whitney and Rolls Royce, began seeking a new location in 2011 when incoming orders began to greatly outstrip the production capacity of their Santa Clarita facility. With approximately 40 percent of its existing workforce already residing in the Antelope Valley, Morton Manufacturing's search for a new site quickly led them to Lancaster.