Spinoffs and derivative companies
Copyright, 2004 - 2015 Richard Gorton
Gormac Products was a
spinoff of Gorton founded in 1947. George Gorton III was chairman
of Gormac for a number of years. Gormac went into recievership in
early February, 2010.
- Lars Machine
Lars was a spinoff from Gorton (after Kearney & Trecker closed
the Gorton division about 1974). Lars built the Gorton pantographs,
as well as a line of cutter-grinders. Founded by Chuck Larsen, who
was with Gorton as a VP of engineering for a number of years.
Here is a brochure published by Lars about the
lords prayer effort
Lars is no longer in business; they were acquired by
- Famco Machine
acquired Lars (see above) in 1987, and still sells pantographs,
cutter-grinders, and parts and accessories for them.
Famco has the lords prayer engraving on the point of a pin, produced
for the 1935 National Machine Tool Builders Association show in Cleveland.
Based upon commentary seen on yahoo! and google groups, Famco has
machine serial number records (a number of individuals have reported
that Famco has provided date of manufacture to them based upon serial number)
- Kearney & Trecker:
This company acquired Gorton in the late 1960's or early 1970's (I'm not sure
of the year), and eventually became Cross & Trecker and went through
bankruptcy (again, I'm not sure of the year, or the order of events).
Subsequently, Cross & Trecker was acquired by
Giddings & Lewis
which in turn was acquired by ThyssenKrupp of Germany. See the Giddings
web site (history section) for more details.
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