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How a foundry family makes closer coordination of casting orders possible

As The Lawton Standard family grows, closer coordination of casting orders becomes possible. We work with multiple locations and divisions of many global companies. This often eliminates scheduling conflicts and delays. For example, let’s say one division has ordered a set of castings to replenish its inventory – it’s not urgent. Yet, it’s first in the production queue, even though another division submits a rush order for a critical casting a day later. In a perfect world, casting orders should be harmonized between these divisions and the foundry so that we can make intelligent trade-offs in our production schedule. We’re...
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The Lawton Standard Co. announces that American Iron & Alloys joins the Lawton family

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date:  11/10/22 Contact:  Tim Flannery, CFO Lawton Standard, 312-622-5526, tflannery@lawtonstandard.com The Lawton Standard Co. announces that American Iron & Alloys joins the Lawton family De Pere, Wis. – The Lawton Standard Co. has recently added American Iron & Alloys, LLC (AIA), located in Waukesha, Wis., to the Lawton Standard family as part of its expansion strategy. American Iron & Alloys processes and distributes continuous cast iron, bronze bar, tubing, and other metal components. They also provide metal finishing and other services to the North American market. AIA primarily focuses on ductile and gray iron in round, square,...
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Four-minute metallurgy

Blake Albritton, CTO of The Lawton Standard Co. and industrial engineer gives us a quick lesson in metallurgy. Follow along as he explains what ductile iron is and how it is made. Transcript: On behalf of the Lawton family, welcome to “Four-minute metallurgy,” where we will attempt to explain metallurgical or foundry engineering concepts in four minutes or less. I’m Blake Allbritton, episode one. What is ductile? Ductile first emerged in the 1940s as an advancement in iron casting technology that provided improved strength, fatigue resistance, impact resistance, and of course, ductility over previously available iron castings. But, at the...
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Quality castings need quality tooling

Tom Dominiczak, the Pattern Shop and Quality Manager at the C.A. Lawton Co. in De Pere, WI explains the importance of having quality tooling, how proper tooling should be designed for the foundry it plans to be used at, and how subpar tooling can affect the outcome of castings that the tooling was designed to manufacture. There are many issues we see with tooling that indicate that the tool is either worn out, reaching the end of its life cycle, or becoming unusable for production, including cracks, poor storage practices including water damage, and previous patchwork and repairs. Issues with...
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2022 Leadership Summit raises the standard for foundries

The Lawton Standard Co. held its annual Leadership Summit on October 12-13 in Green Bay, WI.  This event provided an opportunity to unite leaders of all foundry sites and functional support areas. The working session was time for managers who typically work “in the business” to direct efforts to work “on the business.” Barry Adamski (COO), Tim Flannery (CFO), Blake Albritton (CTO), Tierney Grutza (CAO), and Alex Lawton (CEO) Top management from Lawton was joined by site leaders representing all production locations, including Temperform, LLC (Novi, MI), The C.A. Lawton Co. (De Pere, WI and Minster, OH), Penn-Mar Castings, LLC...
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The grass isn’t greener on the other side

There are many benefits to staying with the same company over a long period of time. Hear what some of C.A. Lawton’s most experienced employees had to say. Randy Thyrion is the onboarding and training manager at the De Pere, WI location and has worked with us for the past 38 years. He is now 57 years old, but he got his start here at a very young age thanks to his older brother Bob, who was working as a supervisor at C.A. Lawton at the time. “I didn’t plan all of this when I was young, but I wouldn’t...
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The Lawton Standard Co. announces Northern Iron & Machine will join the Lawton family

The Lawton Standard Co. has recently added Northern Iron & Machine (NIM) located in St. Paul, Minn. to the Lawton Standard family as part of its expansion strategy. NIM produces and machines high-quality, cast gray, ductile, and austempered iron castings up to 250 pounds. This adds to The Lawton Standard Co. offerings by both size and method. This will benefit both Lawton and NIM customers with expanded sourcing options. Alex Lawton, CEO of Lawton Standard, says, “Northern Iron & Machine’s history goes back to 1906 when they first started serving the agricultural industries. They quickly advanced to serve more markets...
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Serious accident at De Pere, WI foundry

A serious accident occurred at our De Pere facility today. When one of us suffers, we all do. Our hearts go out to our De Pere family. For more information, view the press release.
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Why customers come back to Lawton Standard foundries

When a customer moves to another source for products you once provided, how do you bring them back? Identifying the reasons why a customer has changed suppliers is critical. The Lawton Standard companies have been working hard to answer these questions and develop strategies to win these customers back. Recent returns of “former” customers to indicate that this initiative is working. Why do customers return? A review of several recent “boomerang customer” cases sheds light on the factors that influenced them to return. Quality Quality is the number one factor. All others are secondary. A low-cost part from a low-quality...
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