Lawton is proud of the training program they have continuously improved to ensure new hires have all the skills and resources needed to be successful in the workplace. In just two weeks, new employees will be fully equipped to perform their new job on the floor of the foundry or in the machine shop.  Our…

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According to educator Edgar Dale, who invented the Cone of Experience, we retain about 20% of what we see, 40-50% of what we see and hear and 90% of what we see, hear and do. That’s why hands-on, experiential learning is a staple in employee success and satisfaction at The C.A. Lawton Co. Although the…

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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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Lawton Remarkable Training

Not surprisingly, training is a foundational element of the progressive culture at The C.A. Lawton Co. In this interview, Continuous Improvement LEAN Coach Randy Thyrion explains the company’s enlightened approach to it. What is a standard work initiative, and how does it help employees to retain new knowledge and skills? Thyrion: It’s a tool created…

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Lawton Training Future

In partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), The C.A. Lawton Co. was recently awarded a Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grant. WAT grants provide funds from the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). They are aimed at developing workers, improving productivity and competitiveness and expanding the partnerships between Wisconsin’s technical colleges and businesses. Grants are awarded…

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Many manufacturing firms pay lip service to safety. Tool box talks, posters and periodic training sessions seem to be boring and disconnected from employees’ day-to-day work. Safety training becomes a check-the-box activity for management and employees, not something either group feels passionate about. In contrast, at C.A. Lawton, we take safety very seriously. It’s an…

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