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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.

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.”

Tim Flannery, CFO of The Lawton Standard Co. and Principal at Oakland Standard Co., says, “What excites me about this platform is the innovation and knowledge sharing across locations. Lawton Standard is implementing the best practices from each location across the entire company. Together, we’ll work to close the generation gap, raise the talent level in the foundry space, entice manufacturers to bring more activity and casting spend back onshore, and positively impact the communities in which we live. The Lawton Standard name is a nod to Oakland Standard, but it’s also about raising foundry standards of quality, safety, and technology.”

Though other names were suggested, the leadership team was unanimous; The Lawton Standard Co. is the right fit. The leadership team takes personal pride in the family-oriented culture of The C.A. Lawton Co. and what the “Lawton” name stands for in the industry. “Standard” is because the metals platform will keep raising the standard of iron and steel foundries.

Here are a few of Lawton Standard’s aspirations:

  • To move from a handful of foundries to an integrated supplier of castings with the same management characteristics, practices, mission, and vision.
  • To bring the Lawton family culture into each location.
  • To put the Planet and People first.  Then Profits.  But always balancing all three. 
  • To bring aging foundries into the future and close generation gaps in the industry.
  • To make a positive impact on the communities where we live and work.