The Lawton Standard Co. announces the (re)launch of QESC (Quality Electric Steel Castings)

The Lawton Standard Co. announces the (re)launch of QESC (Quality Electric Steel Castings) as its latest growth initiative in response to constrained capacity in the domestic metal casting industry.  The Lawton Standard Co. has recently added the facilities and team members of QESC (Houston, TX) to its growing casting business to respond to constrained industry…

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Building a better metalcasting platform: A work in progress

Alex Lawton, CEO, Lawton Standard Last September, I told you about our vision for Lawton Standard – to transform a group of foundry-based companies with complementary capabilities and skillsets into an integrated platform. Here’s a progress report on our journey toward that goal. To use a restaurant analogy, our goal has always been to assemble…

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Challenges of large casting design

Large casting design is a high-stakes game: If you win, you’re a hero to your company and the OEM whose products they’re used on. If you lose, you tend to lose big. Here are some ways to increase your odds of success when designing large castings. Because of their size and cost, castings over 2,000…

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State of the industry: Challenging but hopeful

Alex Lawton, CEO, Lawton Standard During the last year and a half, we’ve survived many challenges. There’s been a lot going on, from the global pandemic to economic ups and downs, from supply chain shortages to a changing workforce. We’ve experienced many symptoms of taking a thriving economy, suddenly turning it off, and then attempting…

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Iron facts you probably didn’t know

The C.A. Lawton Co. has been producing large, high-quality iron castings since 1879. Other sites from Lawton Standard also create products from steel, but Lawton sources their castings from iron, which has more interesting components to it than one would think. Enjoy these fast facts you probably didn’t know about iron. Iron is the second…

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National Women in Business Day!

The C.A. Lawton Co. is proud to celebrate and recognize National Women in Business Day to all of our hardworking administration ladies! Here are a few statistics of how women are and will continue to be, driving forces in the business world. More than 11.6 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 9 million…

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Labor Day: A thank you to all of the dedicated workers

On Monday, September 6th, we would like to recognize the workers whose contributions have made our country strong and prosperous. It is important and necessary to celebrate the hard work that established this country.  The C.A. Lawton Co. appreciates the loyalty and dedication that all of our hard-working foundry and administration workers display each day.…

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How LEAN is making a foundry family possible

Author: R.J. Hawkins, Engineer Manager at the C.A. Lawton Co. Often kids are raised by a single parent. To the best of their abilities, the parent does all he or she can to assure their kids don’t see the struggles that are taking place.  I am an example of this because I was raised by…

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Lawton & Penn-Mar Travel for Iron 101

The C.A. Lawton Co. and Penn-Mar sites teamed up to teach an Iron 101 class to one of their customers. Unlike the typical Iron 101s, this one has a twist.  Employees from both sites collaborated to teach their knowledge on metalcasting and foundries. The main focus of the Iron 101 was to showcase how Lawton…

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The future of foundries and industry 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution – commonly called the “smart factory” or Industry 4.0 – is upon us. It weaves together multiple technologies that will revolutionize how manufacturers and their foundries coordinate and collaborate in the years ahead. Industry 4.0 offers tantalizing opportunities to reduce costs and improve casting quality, on-time delivery, and service levels. Industry…

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