The C.A. Lawton Co. (Calco), an industry-leading supplier of large iron castings, was a stop on U.S. Senator Ron Johnson’s recent tour of Wisconsin manufacturing companies. Senator Johnson, looking to learn more about the wide range of products Calco manufactures for the United States and the world, met with Calco leadership and took a tour of its De Pere facilities. After a brief education on how the company’s castings and machined components are used and the technology employed to make them, Senator Johnson highlighted the initiatives he’s taking to end the stigma associated with not attending a two or four-year college and bring more manufacturing awareness into schools.
Senator Johnson, who operated an Oshkosh-based plastics manufacturing company, is striving to bring attention to the Wisconsin manufacturing jobs that are going unfilled and encouraging Wisconsinites to take advantage of these opportunities. There are many Wisconsin manufacturers, including Calco, looking for good people with good attitudes. Senator Johnson has previously noted, “We need to overcome the attitude that work in manufacturing is second-class and that working in the skilled trades is undesirable. All work has value and provides the dignity of earning one’s own success. From my 31 years as a manufacturer, working with skilled, dedicated Wisconsin employees, I can attest that careers in manufacturing a great way to make a living.”
Calco offers well-paid jobs across a wide range of skill levels and interests. Aside from great wages, benefits include gain share, competitive insurance, paid time off, and on-site health & medical staff.
Calco also spoke with Senator Johnson about how difficult it can be for a manufacturer to succeed with certain government regulations and policies in place. Senator Johnson told Calco he has authored legislation—and supported dozens of bills—to put a stop to a wide range of these federal regulations. Senator Johnson has also used his chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to encourage bipartisan work on regulatory reform.
C.A. Lawton President, Alex Lawton, commented on Senator Johnson’s visit saying, “We aren’t a political company, but we relish the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate what we do with our policy leaders. Senator Johnson’s background in business and specifically manufacturing made for substantive visit.”
Calco is proud to contribute to the work that has turned Wisconsin into a strong manufacturing state. The industry pumps more than $50 billion annually into the nation’s economy. And with profits fueling increased wages and more jobs, Calco’s and other manufacturing companies’ success should be celebrated!
About The C.A. Lawton Co.: The C.A. Lawton Co. is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has well over a century of experience as a leading manufacturer of industrial components, employing approximately 150 people between two facilities in De Pere, WI. Its integrated business includes pattern making, casting, and machining capabilities. The C.A. Lawton Co. provides large iron castings and machining to domestic manufacturers in the HVAC, municipal pump and valve, oil & gas, mining, and power generation industries. Its customers include General Electric, IR/Trane, Metso, and Siemens.