The C.A. Lawton Co. is dedicated to integrating the newly acquired Minster, OH foundry.  Employees from both locations have been working meticulously to create a cohesive and seamless process from start to finish. A LEAN Team LEAN Consultant, Cathlin Stuntz, goes into depth about the new projects happening in Minster. “The focus was to integrate…

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The C.A. Lawton Co. has been invited to share their success stories of retaining employees in a manufacturing environment November 9-11, 2020 during an exciting virtual event. Dana Syndergaard will present: LEANing into Engagement Andrew Mastalir will present: LEANing into Employee Retention About the Summit The Employee Retention Summit for Manufacturers is for you. In…

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Foundries. The backbone of manufacturing. Ninety percent of all durable goods produced each year incorporate cast metal components. Industries that rely directly on castings include: Automotive Construction Agriculture Aerospace Energy Municipal infrastructure Transportation and Health care According to the American Foundry Society, “you are almost never more than ten feet from a metal casting.” Does…

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By Steve Perks, Compliance Manager In 2017, The C.A. Lawton Co. transitioned from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015. We achieved compliance on February 5, 2018. Earlier in 2020, we announced the achievement of Green Tier 2 and ISO 14001 designations. But we wanted to touch base on the ISO 9001:2015 quality standard so you understand…

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Lawton is proud of the training program they have continuously improved to ensure new hires have all the skills and resources needed to be successful in the workplace. In just two weeks, new employees will be fully equipped to perform their new job on the floor of the foundry or in the machine shop.  Our…

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By Alex Lawton During the last year, our industry has faced a whirlwind of challenges and opportunities. But rather than being buffeted by them, we have decided to face them head-on. Here’s what we’re up against, and how we’re proactively responding. For example, the last several years have shown us that the global supply chain…

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What happens after you are hired by Lawton and officially become part of our family? There are various steps to make sure new hires are welcomed and integrated with the company.  To start, all employees attend the Day One, Hour One meeting with President Barry Adamski and their assigned supervisor.  In this meeting, new hires…

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The C.A. Lawton Co. periodically publishes input from professionals both within the foundry industry as well as parties from outside the casting world. These Expert Opinions may be casting related, Continuous Improvement (CI / LEAN), Operational Excellence (Op Ex), or just working through the challenges of today’s business environment. The goal is to present you…

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The C.A. Lawton Co. (Lawton) is proud to announce achievement of Green Tier 2 and ISO 14001 designations. These programs, which grew out of the long standing Beyond Compliance initiative, demonstrate the firm’s commitment to the sustainability portion of the “Planet, People, then Profits” ideal which rolled out in early 2020. Lawton is the first…

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We interviewed Tim Horner, Operations Manager at The C.A. Lawton Co.’s new Minster, Ohio location in August 2020. In July, the private equity firm, Oakland Standard Company, expanded their iron foundries, by acquiring Midwest Manufacturing & Logistics. This foundry now operates under Oakland Standard’s specialty metals platform as a second location of The C.A. Lawton…

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The C.A. Lawton Co. periodically publishes input from professionals both within the foundry industry as well as parties from outside the casting world. These Expert Opinions may be casting related, Continuous Improvement (CI / LEAN), Operational Excellence (Op Ex), or just working through the challenges of today’s business environment. The goal is to present you…

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By Alex Lawton Aside from the health, political, and economic challenges we’re all facing, The C.A. Lawton Co., the foundry industry, and all of manufacturing are being confronted by specific challenges today. As a small manufacturing company within the industry, we’re striving to overcome them. Perhaps hearing what we’re working on can help you with…

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