History

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 the current 
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, both for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and aftermarket repairs customers. 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.

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With recent equipment additions, Metalex is now fully integrated into the mainstream perforating market. Metalex is part of the Jason Components Group along with Assembled Products, based in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Assembled Products has manufacturing facilities in both North America and China, and provides customers with engineered solutions in mechanical assemblies and metal stampings.

Metalex Today

With recent equipment additions, Metalex is now fully into the mainstream perforating market. Metalex is part of the Jason Components Group along with Assembled Products, based in Buffalo Grove, Illinois  with manufacturing facilities in both North America and China, provide customers with engineered solutions in mechanical assemblies and metal stampings; and Morton Manufacturing located in Libertyville, IL the leading manufacturer of anti-slip walking surfaces for rail and industrial applications.

Jason brings Metalex and the rest of the Components Group the financial resources and business vision to focus on growth and industry leadership.

Expertise

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 9001:2008 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.