Our People Are Remarkable
We believe that work is more than a place we go every day. It’s a place of growth, creativity, collaboration, and internal and external relationships. It’s what makes working and contributing here so unique. We encourage and develop our employees to be involved and empowered, inspiring them to turn plans into action.
We want our people to take pride in their work by providing top-notch customer support and producing superior-quality products. It’s a philosophy that extends to every area of our business, from engineers and manufacturing specialists to accounts payable and customer advocates.
After all, it’s the combined talents, skills, knowledge, experience and passion of our people that make us who we are.
What You Can Expect
Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect when you partner with us.
Accurately define product specifications
Clear definition to control cost variances.
Coordinate successful tooling preparation
Whether we use your tooling or manufacture the tooling here, our pattern experts will help you to understand the capabilities and limitations.
Perform new product sampling to ensure robust results
Stringent direction for the manufacture of the first part to define a successful process.
Manufacture to defined specifications
Execute the successful process to deliver repeatable results.
Actively participate in design specifications
When issues arise in your final application, we work with you to search for solutions.
Participating in cost-reduction efforts
When you are looking for opportunities to improve your design, we help to ensure modifications are attainable and effective.
Frequently Asked Questions
We pour various formulations of gray and ductile cast iron in a no-bake, furon sand system.
Our strike zone in gray iron is from 400 lbs. to 20,000 lbs. with the capability to pour up to 40,000 lbs. for low-volume requirements. Our size restrictions are 130 in. x 130 in. x 59 in. tall (3300 mm x 3300 mm x 1500 mm).
Our maximum part weight for ductile iron is 14,000 lbs.
Yes, we have ISO 9001 accreditation to the 2015 standard.
We do accept “transfer tooling.” Upon receipt of your tooling, we will perform a detailed inspection to report on the condition. We will dimensionally compare your tooling to your prints to see if there are any discrepancies. Repairs and modifications will be quoted as a result of this inspection to ensure the best possible match of the pattern to provide what the print details. We will also include pricing for gating and rigging to adapt your tooling to our casting process.
We also offer full pattern shop services, providing new tooling from wood or urethane for multiple use quantities or styrofoam for one-time use applications.
Raw material costs can often be volatile and change in unpredictable ways. We use a surcharge to account for these changes allowing us to maintain a constant base price. The C.A. Lawton Co. surcharge is calculated based upon actual invoice amounts paid to our vendors during a one-month period. We apply the amounts paid to our formulations to determine the surcharge for each specific grade produced. We break that down into a price per pound to apply to each individual part.
We offer a training course to educate attendees in many aspects of the foundry process. This highly-regarded course, IRON 101, combines classroom instruction with in-house tours of the pattern shop, foundry floor and machine shop. This one-day course is held quarterly at our De Pere, WI facility.