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Lawton’s greatest hits

This week, we’re featuring the most popular blogs across our family of foundries. Enjoy learning about the history of PMC, the history of iron casting, and how we got our name.

The C.A. Lawton Co.’s most popular blog is The history of iron casting part I.

Have you ever wondered about the history of iron casting? When did ancient man first dream of making objects out of molten metal? Even the best historians, archeologists and scientists may never truly know. But perhaps that’s why history is so intriguing.

The world’s first castings

Some historians believe that iron casting began in ancient China as early as 6000 BCE while others believe that only copper and bronze castings were being made at this time. However, evidence provided by archeologists contradicts both beliefs. Discovered by archeologists in what was then known as Mesopotamia, the earliest uncovered example of a cast component is a copper frog that dates to 3200 BCE. Although iron and other metals had been discovered, it was not until centuries later that they could be melted and poured into a mold, such as a casting.

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Temperform’s most popular blog is Specialty Metals HoldCo LLC changes its name to “The Lawton Standard Co.”

Specialty Metals HoldCo LLC, the parent company of The C.A. Lawton Co., Temperform, Damascus Steel Casting Company, and The C.A. Lawton Co. – Minster, OH (former foundry division of Nidec Minster), and the newly acquired Penn-Mar Castings is changing its name to The Lawton Standard Co.

Alex Lawton, CEO of The Lawton Standard Co., 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.”

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Penn-Mar Castings most popular blog is PMC has a rich history

PMC traces its roots back to the 1840s. Here are just a few highlights.


Penn-Mar joins The Lawton Standard Co. family

Alex Lawton, CEO of The Lawton Standard Co., said, “the addition of Penn-Mar Castings to our platform and especially the Iron Group creates a truly next-level offering. The combination with The C.A. Lawton Co. and its De Pere, WI and Minster, OH operations provides a combination of scope and reliability that will be valued by many.”

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