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George Gorton Machine Co

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of Racine, USA

Machine tool makers.

Founded in 1893 as Gorton and Graham Machine Co. Graham was Fred Graham. Gorton was George Gorton II, the son of George Gorton I (1825-1888, married Ann Buffham, 1832-1862. Emigrated to USA, 1850. After Ann died, he married her sister, Elizabeth Buffham, 1838-1914. All born in Rochdale).

1898 Took out a licensing agreement to make Taylor, Taylor and Hobson (Leicester) engraving machines.

1900 Paris Industrial Exposition: Bronze medal for disc grinding equipment.

1935 Engraved the Lord's prayer on the point of a pin, 0.005" diameter.

Produced a wide range of sophisticated machine tools. See here.

1967 Bought by Kearney and Trecker.

See here for company history on Richard Gorton's excellent website.[1]


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Richard Gorton's website