Education and Training Grants Media Release

By C.A. Lawton | July 20, 2012

The C.A. Lawton Co. Receives Grant to Supplement Education and Training – Grant adds to an already sound approach to developing people

Media Release


Contact Patrick Kotowski

Director of Business Development

(920) 983-4091

De Pere, WI – The C.A. Lawton Co. (Calco) was recently awarded a Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grant for skills training. The grant will be used for leadership development and team building and will also include welding, and electro-mechanical coursework. Calco worked with the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to complete the application process and tailor a specific training program. Companies are chosen to partner with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College when applications are approved by the Wisconsin Technical College System grant committee.

The grant will supplement Calco’s investment into a program that will involve foundry, maintenance, and administrative staff. The program is part of Calco’s ongoing commitment to improvement and to its employees. “The attitude, skill, and ability of people is an essential part of our success – far more than most of our capital assets. That’s why we’re constantly working to improve the work environment, improve people’s capabilities, and provide advancement opportunities. Training and education across all job types and levels captures a meaningful portion of our investments most years,” said Alex Lawton, president and CEO of Calco. Lawton added “during these times when funds can be scarce it’s always great to have your community and its institutions (government, education, etc.) recognize that you are trying to do good things and thus are valuable to them both now and in the future”.

About the Workforce Advancement Training Grant Program

Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grants focus on improving the occupational skills of employees. These grants are available to the technical college districts, as directed by statute. Colleges typically partner with companies to submit WAT grant applications. Grants are available for small and large businesses and are designed to upgrade the skills and productivity of employees of established businesses with the objective of supporting regional workforce and economic development efforts. In addition to very specific job-related skills, such as welding, electrical maintenance, and customer relations, training can include a combination of occupational, academic, and employability topics or courses.

About The C.A. Lawton Co.

The C.A. Lawton Co. has well over a century of experience as a leading manufacturer of industrial components, employing about 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 for domestic manufacturers in the HVAC, municipal pump and valve, mining, and power generation industries. Its customer base includes such companies as Siemens, General Electric, Metso, and IR/Trane.

For media inquiries contact Patrick Kotowski at 920-983-4091.

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