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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Toolbox Talks: Recycling in Brown County

Toolbox Talks are an effective method of communication for employees at the C.A. Lawton Co.  Each week, a handout is designed and posted by our compliance coordinator, Katherine Jungwirth.  This handout is specifically created to freshen everyone’s memory and remind them of specific safety precautions. This Toolbox Talk highlights the recycling plan and requirements in…

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Toolbox Talks: slips, trips, and falls

Toolbox Talks are an effective method of communication for employees at the C.A. Lawton Co.  Each week, a handout is designed and posted by our compliance coordinator, Katherine Jungwirth.  This handout is specifically created to freshen everyone’s memory and remind them of specific safety precautions. This month’s recent Toolbox Talk consists of topics ranging from…

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Lawton and Penn-Mar team up to teach Iron 101

In March, employees of The C.A. Lawton Co. and Penn-Mar Castings teamed up to teach an Iron 101 class. This joint session was the first time employees from the De Pere, WI and Hanover, PA sites collaborated to share their knowledge on metalcasting and foundries. The main focus of the Iron 101 was to showcase…

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Lawton named the first-ever foundry to achieve Green Tier 2 status

Lawton named Green Tier 2

The C.A. Lawton Co. is proud to announce they have achieved Green Tier 2 status by the Wisconsin DNR. Compared to Green Tier 1, Tier 2 involves more rigorous participation requirements, emphasizing superior environmental performance. Lawton is the first foundry ever to achieve this level of sustainability. The C.A. Lawton Co. began its Green Tier…

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Sustainability Series: Recycled Foundry Sand

One of the main components required to produce a casting is the sand used to make the mold. In fact, industry estimates that approximately 100 million tons of sand are used in production annually. Of that, four to seven million tons are discarded and are available to be used in other manufacturing practices and industries.…

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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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Penn-Mar Castings joins The C.A. Lawton Co. family

The C.A. Lawton Co. welcomes Hanover, PA facility as a third iron foundry location Birmingham, MI – Private equity firm, Oakland Standard Co., is proud to announce the expansion of its specialty metals platform and specifically the iron foundry group. Penn-Mar Castings, a gray-and-ductile iron foundry located in Hanover, Pennsylvania, will operate as the third…

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Expert’s Opinion: From 2nd shift steelworker to board member and industrial company CEO

The C.A. Lawton Co. periodically publishes input from professionals both within the foundry industry and outside the casting world. These Expert Opinions may be casting related, Continuous Improvement (CI / LEAN), Operational Excellence (Op-Ex), or just working through the challenges of today’s business environment. The goal is to present you with differing viewpoints of how…

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Metalcasting: All about iron

Engineering Manager RJ Hawkins explores the main differences and applications between gray and ductile iron. From a microstructure standpoint, the primary difference is the shape of the graphite. Gray irons have flake graphite, where ductile iron has a nodular or spherical shape. This graphite shape is what drives the basic difference in each from a…

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