Morton 2011 Venture Award Winner

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Morton, IL - At the Morton Economic Development Council’s Annual Luncheon today, Bill Morton, President of Morton Development, was recognized as Morton’s 2011 Venture Award winner. 

Bill was raised in Morton, received a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Illinois and returned with his wife, Linda, and family to Morton after 17 years of working in places like Chicago, Salt Lake City, Orlando and Washington, D.C.  He acquired a local business, Morton Metalcraft Co. that had been in existence for 25 years.  That business grew both financially and physically and continues today under new ownership as a foundation of the Morton business community.  That success and growth is, in great part, attributed to the leadership of Bill and his skilled management team.

Over the last two years, Bill has been instrumental in the acquisitions of five Morton companies including Morton Machining LLC, Advanced System Designs, Inc., Morton Industrial Group LLC/Bradley Services and RMH Foods, LLC.  The acquisitions were secured through a strong investor network comprised of Bill’s business associates in Morton and those cultivated through prior professional relationships.   His own personal investment in these transactions substantiates his strong desire to ensure Morton businesses continue to thrive.

“Risk?  Courage?  Innovation? Inspiration? Leadership? Success?  All these words encircle the professional life of Bill Morton,” said Kristi Newlin, Vice President of Morton Properties Management.  “Willing to take the risk; Finding the courage in times of economic downturn; Creating innovative processes to accomplish objectives; Inspiring those he recruits to provide stability to businesses; Providing the leadership to ensure that business continues with as few road blocks as possible; and, seeking success for all those involved in the businesses.”

Congratulations to Bill Morton on his outstanding achievement as an entrepreneur and his ongoing dedication to the community of Morton.



The Morton Economic Development Council exists to positively shape the future of Morton. 

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