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Since 1879
Iron and Steel Castings
up to 45,000lbs

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Temperform is an award-winning, specialty manufacturer of heat, corrosion, abrasion-resistant steel castings, and machined components. Temperform is located in Southeastern Michigan in the city of Novi, which is centrally located between the city of Detroit and The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Founded in 1970 and with 700+ years of employee foundry experience, Temperform is one of the nation’s leading specialty manufacturers of heat, corrosion, abrasion-resistant castings, and machined components. High-quality, award-winning, high-touch service is our hallmark. Temperform has rapidly developed a reputation for exceeding customer expectations, as well as, excelling with customization, vertical integration, and industry innovation.

Capabilities

Molding

Our three types of molding processes were developed with your needs in mind. We utilize:

  • Phenolic Urethane “No-Bake” Sand Molding
    This process incorporates production flexibility, minimal tooling costs, small to large run manufacturing quantities, and high-quality finishes on produced castings.
  • Shell Molding
    This process utilizes thermally activated resin bonded sand yielding castings with superior as-cast finishes, excellent dimensional stability, and provides the capability for high production quantities.
  • Ceramic Molding
    This process utilizes a special blend of sands which are then subject to a specialized baking process which yields castings with dimensional stability and surface finishes similar to those obtained with the lost wax process.

Melting

Big project? Tough application? With our technical expertise in casting over one hundred different high alloy stainless steels and superalloys, utilizing five induction furnaces on 2 different power supplies, we have the capabilities and team to accomplish your toughest requirements. Our individual casting weights range from 2 pounds to 5,500 pounds. And, our induction furnaces provide excellent temperature melt control, flexibility in melting, with accurate and repeatable chemistries for all alloys. Throughout our process, we have specialized capabilities, like “Teapot” ladles, used to pour metal into molds producing clean defect-free castings, control pouring rates, and maintain accurate temperature control. Additionally, chemistries are assured using internal spectrographic measurements with computerized charge and final additions calculations to the heat. We’ve put rigor into our processes to yield top results for you.

Thanks for allowing us to introduce Temperform. Get to know them better here.

The C.A. Lawton Co. in Minster, Ohio specializes in gray and ductile iron castings up to 45,000lbs.

Capabilities

Up to 45,000lbs

Gray and ductile castings up to 45,000 pounds.

Two 45-ton vertical induction furnaces meet the molten metal requirements, having a combined melt rate of seven tons per hour.

Grey and ductile iron capabilities

Grey iron capabilities (ASTM A48 class 30, 40, 45, and 50)

Ductile iron capabilities (ASTM A536 class 60-40 18 to 120-90-02)

Pattern design and construction

Our pattern makers are skilled craftsmen who utilize wood, polyurethane, and polystyrene to construct the highest quality patterns.

When existing patterns are available, our experience and unique pattern re-rigging process virtually eliminates expensive pattern re-rigging costs.

Foundry melt capabilities

• Two 1800KW line frequency 35-ton Ajax holding furnaces.
• 120 tons per day.
• 80,000 pound pour weight gray iron.
• 70,000 pound pour weight ductile Iron.
• 45,000 pound finished casting weight.

Foundry History

Our Minster, Ohio location has a long history with a logistical advantage in a prime manufacturing center. Since our founding in 1896, we have worked hard to source high-quality parts locally and offer wide-ranging engineering and machining services. We currently provide gray and ductile castings up to 45,000 lbs.

Over the generations, our foundry has adapted to many changes. In 2020, we partnered with The C.A. Lawton Co. in De Pere, Wisconsin. Together we have hundreds of years of history, and we’re proving to be a unique powerhouse in the gray iron space. Combined with the rest of The Lawton Standard family of companies, we are the premier supplier-partner where reliability meets flexibility.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We look forward to getting to know you.

Learn more about what Lawton can do for you.

The C.A. Lawton Co. in De Pere, Wisconsin, specializes in large iron casting in the 500lb – 20,000lb range. They have an on-site pattern shop and on-site machining.

Who they are

The C.A. Lawton Co. is a fifth-generation foundry-centered manufacturer run for the benefit of employees, customers, owners, and the community. C.A. Lawton provides casting-centric solutions in an environment of safety, growth, and continuous improvement (LEAN). With 140 years of history, they’ve learned a lot about what works – and that extends far beyond engineering and casting large components.

What they do

The C.A. Lawton Co. makes buying castings easier by helping you optimize casting performance with costs. They work WITH you to satisfy your end customer, aiming for a triple win situation. Quality castings provide strength and design integrity for equipment in the most demanding applications in the world. Because of strict controls and adherence to the Lawton process, this is one of the best large casting iron and ductile iron foundries in North America. Lawton adheres to strict control ranges from carefully selecting raw materials and maintaining the very best melt practices to tight sand controls and documentation of processes and procedures in the molding process.

What makes The C.A. Lawton Co. special?

The people. The C.A. Lawton Co. says, “We believe that work is more than a place we go every day. It’s a place of growth, creativity, collaboration, and internal and external relationships. It’s what makes working and contributing here so unique. We encourage and develop our employees to be involved and empowered, inspiring them to turn plans into action.

We want our people to take pride in their work by providing top-notch customer support and producing superior-quality products. It’s a philosophy that extends to every area of our business, from engineers and manufacturing specialists to accounts payable and customer advocates.

After all, it’s the combined talents, skills, knowledge, experience, and passion of our people that make us who we are.”

Reasons to connect

Connect with The C.A. Lawton Co. if you’d like to buy from them, work for them, or sell to them. Contact the De Pere, Wisconsin location directly here.

To build any team, members need to know and understand the capabilities of each member. Anyone who has been on a team, whether a sport, business organization, or even a volunteer group, understands that everyone has different strengths and skills to bring to the effort. 

The Lawton Standard Co. recognized that to join four distinctly different foundry organizations, the strengths, and skills of the managers need to be understood by the leadership team. This led The Lawton Standard Co. family of companies to their first Leadership Summit. This two-day event was designed as an open forum to share status and plans for all levels of the organization. In addition to top-level managers and facility general managers, the support areas represented included HR, IT, Sales, Service, Marketing, Engineering, Maintenance, Finance, and EHS.

The summit opened with a review of the first 18 months of the organization led by CEO Alex Lawton. This review highlighted the events that brought us together and provided a face-to-face introduction as some involved had not yet met. The next step was to discuss the future of the organization. This portion, entitled Stakes and Pillars, was let by CTO Blake Albritton.

Next, financial status discussions were led by CFO Tim Flannery. Finally, personality assessments were introduced as a working tool by COO Barry Adamski. The goal of this format was to prepare all in attendance for the real work to begin. 

To understand the relative contribution of each facility, a detailed presentation was made by each of the four GMs. Financial and operating plans were shared. Discussions on the current state and a future state were interlaced, with difficulties and hurdles being workshopped. Finally, careful notations were made of issues that would be addressed.

Major impact areas presented their status and plan to move the organization forward. These areas included maintenance, recruiting, onboarding, and training.

Day two began early for the GMs. They gathered before the main meeting to formulate their list of needs from each of the support areas. Before these requests were made, the entire group reviewed the previous day and clarified several issues. As with any meeting, participants ensured they really heard what was said. 

Each GM went around the table to each support area and openly voiced what they felt was needed to accomplish the plans. Each question was clarified to be sure everyone was working toward the same goals.

Besides the organizational benefits of this summit, a large but difficult to quantify benefit was reached.  Lawton Standard family members gained familiarity with people they need to rely on to complete tasks. In addition, as each team member learned the strengths of the others, new ways of reaching goals were identified. All were grateful for the privilege of meeting face-to-face.

We’re proud of The Lawton Standard Co.’s progress in moving from a handful of independent foundries to a fully integrated supplier that keeps learning from each other. Thank you for taking the time to hear what we’re up to. If you have any questions about how our foundry family can serve you, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

The Lawton Standard Co. is pleased to announce the next step in building a comprehensive casting offering in the iron and steel segments of the foundry industry. This step involves installing effective operational leadership for each of its sites to direct the overall strategies of delivering quality castings from the newly formed family of foundries.

Tim Horner will continue as Operations Manager of The C.A. Lawton Co. facility in Minster, OH.  Tim joined the operation as a grinder after serving an extended time in the US Marines. In his 34 years, he has held every job classification except furnace operator. Tim’s top priorities are getting good people and keeping them. His belief in the strength of the abilities of the team members sets them in an excellent position to tackle the largest and most complex core jobs offered by the platform.

Gloria Webber has been appointed General Manager at Temperform, LLC in Novi, MI. Gloria joined Temperform 23 years ago as an inside sales rep and worked her way up to Director of Sales. Gloria’s drive to keep team members safe while developing their skills guides her to grow Temperform in a continual, methodical manner. She sees the opportunity to land strategic, customer-focused projects, which will allow Temperform to expand in a way that will last.

Tom Young has been appointed General Manager of Penn-Mar Castings in Hanover, PA. Tom brings over 39 years of foundry experience at Decatur Foundry, where he held positions throughout the organization from molder and pourer to manager and CEO. Tom’s drive for a safe work environment and personal belief that people are our strongest asset are an excellent fit for The Lawton Standard family culture, and the Penn-Mar Castings drive to provide superior service to its customers.

Ken Spuda has been appointed General Manager of The C.A. Lawton in De Pere, WI. Ken began his career creating compressor casting drawings for Allis-Chalmers in West Allis, WI. Since then, work experiences include responsibilities at privately held, custom OEM companies ranging from pharmaceutical, food production, and material handling. Ken’s belief in a servant leadership style of management fits well into the Lawton family of companies.

Alex Lawton, CEO of The Lawton Standard Co., commented on the diversity of backgrounds of the facility managers. “We have assembled a great collection of site managers. We are combining people who have been at their location for extended periods with those new to the company—and further combining people from within the industry and outside. The diversity of backgrounds and focus areas running each site, coupled with the same for the parent company’s leadership, only adds to the strength of the whole. I’m very excited about this structural progress as we continue forward in our evolution.”   

Barry Adamski, COO of Lawton Standard, touched further on how this team’s varying skills would benefit not only each facility but across the organization. “Our approach to select the best person available for the position was a primary criterion, but we also look to better the team. This team is a good example of that philosophy as it brings together many complementary skills with similar goal focus.”

The Lawton Standard Co. is a specialty metals platform providing customers with a diverse offering of cast products and related services.  They currently operate four facilities providing steel, stainless steel, gray iron, and ductile iron castings with locations in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

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