The C.A. Lawton Co. Enters New Market – Agricultural market showcases Calco’s onsite capabilities
May 9, 2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Patrick Kotowski
Director of Business Development
De Pere, WI – As part of a new product development process that began in 2011, Calco has completed qualification and is now in full production with its first major agricultural equipment manufacturing customer. Calco delivers the component machined complete, which provides the single-source responsibility so attractive to large equipment OEMs today. Calco will have the flexibility to machine the casting produced in its foundry operation either onsite or in its Centerline facility.
The development process began with a collaborative product design phase, which led to the production of a prototype tool at Calco. From the prototype tool, Calco produced castings that were machined complete for use in testing in 2012. The successful testing led to production tooling, the subsequent prove-out, and the eventual ramp up to production, which began in early April.
“This is a significant piece of business for us because it so thoroughly utilizes our capabilities and touches on so many of our strategic priorities. It’s in the agricultural market, it involved substantial collaboration around new product development, and it’s an integrated offering in that we provide castings, paint, and machining,” said Calco’s CEO, Alex Lawton.
Calco produces large grey and ductile iron castings as well as machined components while emphasizing its technical support and superior service. This approach provides product development, Value-Added Value Engineering (VAVE), and problem solving assistance that many large equipment OEMs desire. On-site machining rounds out Calco’s product offering to streamline the customer experience. Lawton added, “We really try to fill the need that many OEMs in our markets have for technical support and great service, which requires a higher level of communication and flexibility.”
About The C.A. Lawton Co.
The C.A. Lawton Co. is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has well over a century of experience as a leading manufacturer of industrial components, employing approximately 150 people between two facilities in De Pere, WI. Its integrated business includes patternmaking, casting, and machining capabilities. The C.A. Lawton Co. provides large iron castings and machining to domestic manufacturers in the HVAC, municipal pump and valve, oil & gas, mining, and power generation industries. Its customers include General Electric, IR/Trane, Metso, and Siemens.
For media inquiries, contact Patrick Kotowski at 920-983-4091.