ISO Certified
at all locations
Unprecedented experience
Since 1879
Iron and steel castings
machining and value added services

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., Northern Iron & Machine, American Iron, and AMSCO® Wear Products 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 who 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.

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.

Values

  • Reliability
  • Continuous improvement
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability

Meet the leadership team

Alex Lawton

CEO

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.

Paul Suber

PRESIDENT

Innovative manufacturing and operations executive with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and integrating newly combined companies. Raising the standard for foundries as the President of The Lawton Standard Company. 

In Suber’s previous roles, he successfully managed iron and aluminum foundries operations, machining and forging businesses, and integrated acquisitions. He is committed to achieving the highest safety, quality, and productivity.

With extensive operations management experience within the automotive and heavy industry component manufacturing sectors, Suber possesses a strong history of improving safety, quality, and productivity.
Suber is currently the President of The Lawton Standard Co., where he is responsible for manufacturing operations (foundries and related services such as machining and pattern making), sales, engineering, purchasing, and project management.

Tim Flannery

CFO

Tim joined The Lawton Standard Co. as Chief Financial Officer in 2020, bringing a decade of experience working with middle-market industrial businesses. Tim oversees finance, treasury, and accounting activities, is responsible for information technology, 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

CAO

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.

Alison Miller

Corporate Controller

Alison has 25 years of accounting experience. She attended the University of Vermont and majored in both English and Political Science while minoring in Accounting. She then received an Accounting degree from Lakeland University and obtained her Masters in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. 

Her favorite part of the job is working with the accounting/finance team to continue to build and develop a strong company. She appreciates the team’s willingness to support new initiatives.

 

Lori Goemans

Platform business manager

Lori joined The Lawton Standard with two decades of experience with The C.A. Lawton Co.

Lori has worked for us in HR, Accounting, and IT.

Steve Jenkins

New Business Development Manager

Steve has been in foundry sales for over 30 years and has experience with foundry molding processes and domestic and international materials. Steve’s education consists of business management, sales and marketing classes, basic metallurgy, Statistical Process Control, and Miller Heiman Strategic Selling Course. He is a father of three kids who enjoys hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding, remodeling properties, swimming, and spending time with his children.

RJ Hawkins

Engineering Manager

RJ has 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.

Andy Mastalir

Sales & Marketing Manager

Andy has over 30 years of experience in sales and customer service at companies ranging from large, worldwide corporations to his own “one-man show” operation. Andy strives for a relationship-building experience. Since joining Lawton in 2017, he was challenged to expand the marketing program to help promote the business.

The leadership team at the 2023 Leadership Summit in Green Bay, Wisconsin

View our foundries

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.