morse logo
The Specialist In Drum Handling EquipmentPhone: (315) 437-8475       Fax: (315) 437-1029
Morse has been in business for over 95 years

Morse Mfg. Company History

There's a Ford in our past

Morse Manufacturing was founded in 1923 by J. Mott Morse to produce custom-made metal parts and stampings, the company soon branched out to capitalize on the burgeoning automotive field. Early product successes included the Snap Foot Accelerator for the Model T ford, the Motoroar Muffler By-Pass Valve, automotive exhaust system accessories, and helpful workplace items such as Clamp-Tite Saw Horse Brackets and a multi-purpose vise and clamp.

In 1943 an ingenious, enterprising young man named Ralph Andrews joined the firm, bringing a wealth of engineering and production expertise gained at General Electric to his new position. Sensing an emerging need in American industry for equipment to safely and efficiently lift, transport and empty extremely heavy 55-gallon steel drums containing various materials.

Andrews soon began testing, developing and building new devices to eliminate the back-breaking work and danger involved.

Ralph Andrews

Ralph Andrews

Andrews' original equipment concepts were eagerly accepted and quickly became an entirely new category of industrial products: drum handling equipment. As the popularity of its products grew among drum handlers, the company decided to concentrate all its resources in this field.

 

War and Peace

During World War II. Morse helped substantially with the war effort, producing safe, labor-saving drum handling equipment for manufacturers engaged in making war materials and for members of the armed forces.

In 1948 Ralph Andrews was named president, succeeding the retiring founder, and in 1953 he secured land in East Syracuse, New York to build a new plant and accommodate future growth.

 

Bob Andrews, Chairman of the Board

In 1969 Robert Andrews joined the firm, representing the second generation of leadership, and served president from 1980 to 2012. Today he is chairman of the Board.

Nate Andrews, President

Nathan Andrews joined the company in 2002, and today leads the company as president, while Morse continues its tradition of innovation, constantly introducing new products and expanding its existing lines in domestic and foreign markets.

It Just Keeps getting Better

Throughout its history, Morse Mfg. has continually enhanced its office and production facilities to keep pace with new technologies and growing demand for its products. Concurrent with its golden anniversary in 1973, the company constructed a completely new plant attached to the former building. Since 1973 Morse has expanded its facilities 3 times - in 1980, 1985, & 1992 - virtually doubling the size of its production facilities. In 1991 the company completed a major remodeling of its offices.

Over the last quarter century, Morse has pioneered innovative drum handling products including the 4-wheel drum truck, stainless steel drum handlers for food manufacturing and pharmaceutical applications, MORSPEEDTM forklift attachments, and expanded Hydra-Lift Drum Karriers and Forklift-Karriers with powered versions offering hydraulic and electronic power lift and tilt options. Morse also provides unparalleled custom design and manufacturing capabilities, building many models for special applications to unique customer specifications.

The Best Brains in the Business

Three Generations at Morse Mfg.
Three generations of the Andrews family -- from left, Nathan Andrews, president; with his father, Robert Andrews, chairman, owner and former president; and a portrait of Nathan's grandfather, Ralph Andrews -- have run Morse Manufacturing Co.

Morse has been is business for morse tham 25 years

Reflecting its leadership position in the drum handling equipment industry, Morse Mfg. incorporates advanced capabilities to streamline and improve its design and manufacturing.

In production facilities, sophisticated CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) systems precisely operate the machining center and cutting tools, while the engineering/design department employs CAD systems to design drum handling equipment quickly and cost effectively. Pick System software networks PCs at manufacturing work stations, and manufacturing, engineering/design and management data systems are all linked together to ensure the highest quality and efficiency.

In the Morse production process, steel and other components are received, cut and formed to precise measurements, ensuring that all parts of the same type are interchangeable. After rigorous quality inspection, parts are routed to various departments for welding, drilling, grinding and finishing. The products then move into the painting building, where they are assembled, painted and dried automatically. After final inspection, products are packaged and prepared for shipping or stock.

Today Morse's extensive product line includes the MORStakTM drum racker, drum lifters, lifting hooks, Karriers, adapters, fork-lift attachments, scale-equipped Karriers, drum rotators, can tumblers and tippers, wrenches, pumps, faucets, heaters, cradle trucks, upenders and dollies.

In the 21st century, Morse is further expanding its international marketing activities, adapting to changing economic conditions, while continuing its long tradition of providing innovative solutions for handling drums.

In 1998 we celebrated our 75th year of business here in Central New York. We are now in our 90th year.

 

 

 Last Updated: 12/31/19