ISO Certified
at all locations
Unprecedented Experience
Since 1879
Iron and Steel Castings
up to 45,000lbs

The Lawton Standard Co. is raising the standard for foundries.

We are specialists in high alloy and complicated metallurgical castings. Whether iron or steel, Lawton Standard is closing the generation gap in foundries, bringing manufacturing back onshore, and positively impacting your community.

Our history

In 2019, Specialty Metals HoldCo LLC became an extension of The C.A. Lawton Co. Today, the parent company of The C.A. Lawton Co., Temperform, LLC., Penn-Mar Castings, LLC., QESC, LLC, Northern Iron & Machine, and American Iron is known as The Lawton Standard Co. View the complete Lawton history here.

Alex Lawton, CEO of The Lawton Standard Co. and fifth-generation foundry owner, says, “We knew the platform name was a placeholder for internal use. We needed time to define whom we wanted to be in the marketplace. The future of these foundries as a group has become clear and now is the perfect time for us to realign the organization for long-term growth.”

The Lawton Standard Co. takes pride in the family-oriented culture and what the “Lawton” name stands for in the industry. The Lawton Standard Co. plans to share knowledge and apply the best practices from each foundry across the family.


Raising the standard in foundries by investing in technology and systems to make work safer and cleaner.


Move from a handful of foundries to an integrated supplier of castings with the same management characteristics, policies, mission, and vision.


  • Reliability
  • Continuous improvement
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability

Leadership team

The difference is in our:

  • Family culture
  • Metallurgical specialists
  • Innovation and technology

Alex Lawton


Alex and his family’s organization have been manufacturing goods and providing services from the Green Bay, Wisconsin area since 1879. His uncle, E.W. Arndt, began manufacturing a bran dressing machine under Novelty Manufacturing Co. in De Pere, Wisconsin. During the industrial boom of the early 1880s, they expanded capabilities to include pattern making, iron foundry, machining, and engineering design. This basic model of a machinery and machine component manufacturing company has been maintained. While much has changed in manufacturing since the company began, family ownership and management have provided stability and consistent leadership.

Today, Alex Lawton is CEO of The Lawton Standard Co. and The C.A. Lawton Co. The company is still based on values of honesty, caring about employees and customers, continual improvement of products and processes, and business success. Alex and his team work daily to make the customers’ experience easier. In addition, Alex is constantly working and investing in building new capabilities to combine them with the first-rate people and assets that exist throughout our organization.

Blake Albritton


As an industrial engineer with 15 years of experience in the mining, railroad, and foundry industries, Blake holds the position as the Chief Technology Officer at the Lawton Standard Co. Blake has a track record of driving growth and reducing cost through continuous improvement.

Blake received his undergraduate in Industrial Management and Applied Engineering at Southern Illinois University and earned his MBA at Millikin University’s Tabor School of Business. Blake spent the first half of his career with Brunner & Lay Inc in both Franklin Park Illinois and Springdale Arkansas where he served as Field Engineer and offered technical support to the sales team while developing new products and honing his problem-solving and leadership skills.

Prior to taking his current leadership position at Temperform and Lawton Standard, Blake served as Production Manager of Manganese Castings for voestalpine Nortrak in Decatur, IL. Blake’s current and past professional memberships include the American Foundry Society and the Steel Founder’s Society.


Barry Adamski


Barry is the President and LEAN expert for the Lawton Standard Co. and the C.A. Lawton Co in De Pere, WI. Barry is a problem solver who ensures the pattern, casting, and machining operations run safely, smoothly, and productively. He takes care of employees and customers, ensuring that Lawton is profitable. Employees say Barry is firm but fair and knows how to get things done.

Today, Barry focuses on promoting continuous improvement through improved process flow, safety, and quality. Barry’s belief in quality training to prepare confident and competent employees helps make Lawton remarkable.

Barry says, “At Lawton, we love helping each person grow. We challenge them to achieve their full potential so they can enjoy a better future. When you inspire them, they can achieve what others say is impossible. Our remarkable people, focused on continuous improvement, innovation, and community, are enabling us to achieve remarkable results.”

Tim Flannery


Tim joined The Lawton Standard Co. as Chief Financial Officer in March 2020, bringing more than a decade of experience working with middle-market industrial businesses. Tim oversees all finance, treasury, and accounting activities, is responsible for information technology activities of Lawton Standard, and leads the company’s merger and acquisition efforts.

Tim joined Lawton from Oakland Standard Co., where he served as a Principal responsible for sourcing, evaluating, executing, and managing investments on behalf of the firm. Tim was previously a Vice President with private equity firms Superior Capital Partners and Glencoe Capital and began his career in investment banking with Houlihan Lokey in Chicago.

Tim holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He lives in Beverly Hills, Michigan with his wife and three children, and serves as a chauffeur to various youth sports events on nights and weekends.

Tierney Grutza


Tierney’s manufacturing history goes back to when she started on a production line as she worked on her bachelor’s and graduate degrees. She has experience in human resources, quality, and ISO auditing.

In 2021, Tierney joined Lawton Standard as Chief Administrative Officer. She is helping to grow the business by bringing the plants together on a shared path of compliance, LEAN, human resources, and quality. Tierney enjoys helping people get what they need, solve their problems, or grow and develop their career paths.

Outside of work, Tierney enjoys spending time with her immediate and extended family.

View Tierney’s LinkedIn profile.

Lori Goemans

HR Manager

Lori has more than two decades of experience with The C.A. Lawton Co. She participates in formulating HR strategy, establishing policy, facilitating integration, and implementation of programs/policies.

Functional responsibilities include planning, facilitating, and coordinating an integrated set of HR policies, human capital management programs/activities, recruiting/retention, compliance, labor relations, compensation/benefits, and health/wellness programs for all business units.

You’ll never find Lori without a smile.

Katherine Jungwirth

Compliance Supervisor

Katherine Jungwirth has been with us for 20 years and is in charge of developing, implementing and managing all of our compliance programs. She enjoys spending time outdoors in the summer and has a soft spot for cats. 

RJ Hawkins

Engineering Manager

RJ joined The C. A. Lawton Co. in 2018 and brought a wealth of foundry experience in various roles such as engineering, sales, and management. RJ has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.


The leadership team at the 2022 Leadership Summit in Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Lawton Standard is truly a multi-metal, multi-site, multi-capability, casting-centered business like no other. No one brings the mix of capacity and human and process capability that Lawton Standard does.