Morris L. Crafton, founder of Thermcraft Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., died in February at the age of 93. Crafton and his wife Clara founded the oven and furnace maker Thermacraft in 1971, initially focused on making replacement heating elements for industrial and laboratory furnace applications. Through new product development and various acquisitions, the company grew under the Craftons’ leadership. After Clara’s death in 1995, Crafton was eventually succeeded by his son, Tom Crafton, as CEO, though he remained involved with Thermcraft until his death. According to his son, Morris Crafton particularly enjoyed a daily walk through the factory, talking to his employees.
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