Team building with The Lawton Standard Co. family of companies

To build any team, members need to know and understand the capabilities of each member. Anyone who has been on a team, whether a sport, business organization, or even a volunteer group, understands that everyone has different strengths and skills to bring to the effort.  The Lawton Standard Co. recognized that to join four distinctly…

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Lawton’s continuous transformation

An organization that is committed to continuous improvement needs a visual plan that gets and keeps everyone going in the same direction. At The C.A. Lawton Co., that plan is the transformation calendar.  It’s a key tool the company uses to manage its commitment to continuous improvement and strategy deployment. The first step is to…

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Lawton uses EBI Lites for quick and easy kaizen

Lawton’s EBI Lite program carries on the tradition of quick and easy kaizen, empowering our workers to seek out and make incremental improvements to their work areas. According to Barry Adamski, EBI Lite may be the most critical path to a better future for the five-generation, family-owned foundry: “We believe each person has unlimited creative…

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Continuous Improvement double take: the shakeout in shakeout

Continuous Improvement is, by definition, a never-ending process.  At The C.A. Lawton Co., as with all CI organizations, the mindset of this philosophy becomes part of the culture.  Every team member is trained and prepared to participate in improvement events.  The week of May 18-22, 2020, the Lawton team embarked on a very ambitious kaizen…

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Managing for Daily Improvement

In the past few years, The C.A. Lawton Co. has placed a great deal of importance on its Lean journey. Over summer 2018, Lawton took the next step by implementing the use of MDI boards. MDI stands for Managing for Daily Improvement. Lawton’s goal is continuous improvement, and a great way to reach that goal,…

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6S: A powerful engine for improvement at Lawton

An organization is like a machine and its departments are like the cogs that make it run. In order to function effectively, it requires proper tools and maintenance. At The C.A. Lawton Co., departmental 6S audits are one of the Lean tools we use to maintain continuous improvement. It enables us to operate like a…

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Lean and green at Lawton

At the core of both sustainability and Lean is the concept of waste reduction. Lean focuses on reducing process waste. Sustainability focuses on reducing environmental waste. By acknowledging the similarities between these two frameworks, we open new doors for how organizations can integrate both Lean and sustainability into the workplace.  In order to successfully employ…

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The history of Lean – fun facts

Lean history fun facts

The Lean mindset drives everything we do at Lawton and keeps us improving to better serve our customers. That’s why we’ve been exploring its roots in this article series. Now that you understand how Lean has evolved during the last seven centuries, it’s time to take a closer look at some little-known but fun facts…

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How EBI Lite generates incredible momentum for improvement

In 1898, only 19 years after The C.A. Lawton Co. was founded, George Eastman of Eastman Kodak created the first known corporate suggestion system. It was focused on saving the company money. Kodak employees responded by turning in good ideas for years to come, helping the company to thrive for many years. The Japanese studied…

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How continuous improvement streamlines contract reviews at Lawton

Lawton Contract Reviews

Continuous improvement affects every part of our operations at The C.A. Lawton Co. – not just manufacturing, but front office processes, too. An excellent example is the contract review process that helps our company achieve remarkable results for our customers. The contract review is an interdepartmental review of each order to ensure all details are…

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Kaizen inspires a world of change at Lawton

Lawton Kaizen Change

Kaizen is a Japanese expression meaning “change for better” or continuous improvement – whatever you are doing, you can do it better. Here at The C.A. Lawton Co., we strive for continuous improvement every day. Through kaizen, it is achieved. The first part of the word, kai, means “to break apart,” and zen means “to…

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Shipping Gets First-Class Treatment at Lawton

Shipping First Class Treatment

The shipping department is often one of the unsung heroes in many manufacturing companies. It performs a critically important job: Preparation of the products whose next inspector is our customer.  They are asked to get these products delivered cost effectively, without damage. Recently, the casting prep and shipping departments of The C.A. Lawton Co. were…

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