Buy for Life
We believe engineers should focus on providing the best possible product, and we are morally opposed to planned obsolescence. Our systems are built for maximum longevity and regularly exceed 20 years of operation with proper maintenance. Older systems have exceeded 40 years with electrical retrofitting.
Right to Repair
We support the “right to repair” movement and build our systems to be simple to repair. To support this belief we offer free lifetime technical phone support for all of our products, no maintenance contract required.
Service is Sales
We focus on providing excellent service, and being easily accessible to customers. If you have any issues we are quick to come to your location and help resolve the problem. If you appreciate our quality and service, the best way to say thank you is to refer us within your industry!
A family business for more than 55 years, Morrison Weighing Systems was founded by Don and Jan Morrison in 1963. The business began in the basement of their Rock Island, Illinois home, building scale indicators and controllers.
The first big break came when Don landed a job for Dow Chemical, replacing their old mechanical dial scales with “new electronic weight indicators”. To this day our main line of control indicators are named “DC” for “dial conversion” as a homage to the early days of electronic weighing.
At the time in 1963 Dow Chemical was concerned about the longevity of the company, but Don assured them that Morrison Weighing Systems would still be in business to service their scales for at least five years.
This promise was kept, and the business quickly expanded into other weighing industries. Cautious to avoid overextending, the company stayed based in the Rock Island home’s basement until there were too many neighbors and family members working there to fit the space.
By 1974 construction was completed on a new building in Milan, Illinois. This would become the site of future building expansions, and the location of our home office.
Through the 1980s and 1990s the variety of work increased and more focus was placed on custom in-motion systems. By the early 2000’s Morrison was building a wide variety of weighing systems from security for the Pentagon to fully automatic labeling systems.
In the 2000s and 2010s, flexible PC software became a larger and more important part of the business. As data storage becomes more affordable, straightforward data visualization and integration become increasingly valuable. In the mechanical field, the development of rapid prototyping techniques have significantly cut down on our lead times, and 3D modeling has empowered customers to more easily guide equipment design.
Today the family tradition continues with Don’s grandson Wynn Feddema working as an Engineer for Morrison Weighing Systems. Wynn holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.