At The C.A. Lawton Co., we take green seriously – so much so that we integrate it into our strategic and economic objectives. When we plan for the future, we use an environmental management system, which enables us to measure the estimated ecological impact of our actions. We seek to reduce waste, re-use or recycle…

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At The C.A. Lawton Co., the design review process begins when the customer reviews the required casting shape with our casting engineer. This consists of drawings or models of a casting-friendly pattern and one or more core boxes to produce the highest quality casting. Technical discussions typically include tolerances required, allowable machine stock, machined and…

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Metal casters can develop complex shapes in many sizes using a wide variety of materials with unique properties that serve many different purposes. That’s why metal castings are vital to many key industries such as agriculture, healthcare, and mining. Without castings, these industries and the role they play in our everyday lives wouldn’t be the…

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Many people are aware that manufacturing is important, but far fewer people are aware of how important the casting industry is. It’s responsible for parts that fuel everyday life, the economy and many other industries. As we celebrate this year’s Manufacturing Month, we wanted to take a closer look at the casting industry and all…

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A large part of continuous improvement culture is continuous learning. Many people don’t know a great deal about the casting industry or how important it is to our everyday lives. Here’s an opportunity to learn more about it. According to the American Foundry Society (AFS), in an article entitled Metalcasting Facts and Tidbits written for…

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By Alex Lawton As I mentioned in a previous article about the challenges we face in the industry, the problems we are working to solve now are what’s going to shape the future of this industry. As we find solutions to the workforce, political, and environmental issues we face today, we prepare ourselves to overcome…

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By Alex Lawton Currently, The C.A. Lawton Co. and the industry as a whole, is being confronted by many challenges. As a small manufacturing company within the industry, I think we’re making great strides to overcome them. There are two key challenges that really come to mind. The first of them is labor. Skilled tradesmen…

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For much of its long history, the metalcasting industry has been dominated by men. This has also been the case at Lawton – until recently. Now we have two strong women working in the foundry. We recently sat down with them to learn about their remarkable experiences at Lawton. First, meet Dani. She is 21…

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While researching our recent articles on the history of casting, we uncovered some interesting facts we just had to share! A heavy metal burial John Wilkinson, the creator of the cupola furnace, had such a passion for iron work that when he died in 1808, he was buried in an iron coffin beneath an iron…

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