Cranford, N.J.-based steam and hot water valve manufacturer Gorton Heating Corp. celebrated a business milestone last year — 125 years in business. Originally known as the Gorton-Lidgerwood Co., the company was founded in 1887 and made hot water and steam boilers.

In 1932, Joseph Gorton and Henry Feil bought the company for $1 and removed the Lidgerwood name from the company. Glenn Klinefelter became president of the company in 1964 after starting out as part of the salesforce. After his death, his wife, Marie Klinefelter, became owner and president. After Marie Klinefelter’s retirement in 2001, her daughter Linda Klinefelter Mast took over as Gorton’s president.

“My grandfather, my dad and my mom set the standards for running this fine business,” Mast said. “I am so proud of my family history, but uppermost in my mind is to continue to produce the high-quality products that we have been known for during the last 125 years.”

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