This business was established in 1886 by Gerrit V. Orton, who had worked for J. A. Fay & Co. in Cincinnati. The company lasted until at least 1975. Their large and heavy planers are still common in the western states.
- An ad in 1955-56 Hitchcock's Wood Workers Digest Directory says, "Established 1886."
- Gerrit V. Orton is listed on several patents that were assigned to J. A. Fay & Co. (e.g., no. 64,849 from 1867). An 1885 patent gives his address as San Francisco.
- Also reported: Orton "Ship Shaper" router, made in 1975.