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9 industries that rely on castings

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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The importance of the casting industry

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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Metal casting industry fun facts

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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Shaping the future of the foundry industry

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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Overcoming challenges in the foundry industry

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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Two women reflect on working in the Lawton foundry

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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Casting history: fun facts

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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How to optimize the cost of your castings

Optimize Casting Costs

Cost Drivers for Casting from an Engineering and Design Perspective Let’s say you were in need of a vehicle and had a family of 5, were living on a single income, and had a budget of $20,000. Would you start by going to the local Chevrolet dealership and start pricing a new Corvette ZR1? On…

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Why Do “Boomerang” Customers Return to Lawton?

Lawton Boomerang

When a customer has moved on to another source for the products you once provided, how do you bring them back? Identifying the reasons why a customer has changed suppliers is critical. The C.A. Lawton Co. has been working hard to answer these questions and develop strategies to win these customers back. Recent returns of…

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