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

The Lawton Standard Story

In 1879, Charles Lawton and E.W. Arndt established the Novelty Manufacturing Company in Wisconsin. Their first invention was the “Bran Dresser,” designed by Lawton’s father, the device separated bran from flour. In 1890 the company came to be called, The C.A. Lawton Co. View the complete Lawton history here.

In 2019, Specialty Metals HoldCo LLC came into existence as an extension of The C.A. Lawton Co. Today the parent company of The C.A. Lawton Co., Temperform, LLC., and Penn-Mar Castings, LLC. is known as The Lawton Standard Co.

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 more clear recently, and now is the perfect time for us to realign the organization for long-term growth.”

The Lawton Standard Co. takes personal pride in the family-oriented culture of The C.A. Lawton Co. and what the “Lawton” name stands for in the industry and is proud to wear their name. The name “Standard” is because this specialty metals platform will keep raising the standard of iron and steel foundries. Though we’re just getting started as an organization, the foundries go back as far as 1879. The Lawton Standard Co. plans to share knowledge and apply the best practices from each foundry across the family.

Vision

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

Mission

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

The Lawton Leadership Team

The Lawton Standard difference is in our:

  • Family culture
  • Metallurgical specialists
  • CI/ OP-EX/ LEAN
  • Innovation & technology

Alex Lawton

CEO

Alex and his family 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 the name Novelty Manufacturing Co. in De Pere, Wisconsin. During the industrial boom of the early 1880s, they expanded capabilities to include pattern making, an iron foundry, machining, and engineering design. This basic model of a machinery and machine component manufacturing company has been maintained ever since. While much has changed in manufacturing since our company began, family ownership and management has been a source of stability and consistent leadership.

Today, Alex Lawton is CEO of both Lawton Standard 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. He and his team work every day to make the customers’ experience easier. Alex is constantly working and investing to build new capabilities to combine them with the first-rate people and assets that exist throughout our organization.

Blake Albritton

CTO

As an industrial engineer with more than 14 years of experience in the mining, railroad, and foundry industries, Blake holds the position as 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

COO

Barry is the chief operating officer 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 yesterday.

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 the values of continuous improvement, innovation, and community, are enabling us to achieve remarkable results. And the best is yet to come.”

Tim Flannery

CFO

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.

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.

 

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.

Katherine Jungwirth

Compliance Supervisor

coming soon!