Aerospace manufacturer Morton Manufacturing has started construction on its new 88,000-square foot home in the Lancaster Business Park.

The company is moving to Lancaster from Santa Clarita to expand its operations, which have been growing in recent years due to work for commercial aircraft makers. Morton has forecast bringing in revenue of $40 million this year.

Founded in 1967, Morton is one of the leading suppliers of nickel-alloy bolts for gas-turbine aircraft, as well as certain gas-turbine engines, for industrial use worldwide.

When the new factory opens in the middle of next year, Morton plans on adding 100 employees to its existing workforce of 200 people.

“As Morton Manufacturing has prepared for its move to the Antelope Valley, the firm has continued to grow, taking on new clients and expanded contracts,” said Lancaster Economic Development Director Vern Lawson in a prepared statement. “This provides tremendous potential for future growth, both in terms of production capacity and in jobs for local residents.”

Morton’s move is seen as a long-term investment for the city. At the business park, the city plans to subdivide a 21-acre parcel into five lots and provide water and sewer connections to the property. Morton will use one lot and the other four will become Phase IV of the business park in anticipation of other companies moving to the city, officials said.

Mark R. Madler