Video: Get to know The C.A. Lawton Co. foundry

By C.A. Lawton | October 14, 2020
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Foundries. The backbone of manufacturing.

Ninety percent of all durable goods produced each year incorporate cast metal components.

Industries that rely directly on castings include:

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Aerospace
  • Energy
  • Municipal infrastructure
  • Transportation and
  • Health care

According to the American Foundry Society, “you are almost never more than ten feet from a metal casting.”

Does that mean you can just get your castings anywhere? At The C.A. Lawton Co., we pride ourselves on our reputation for providing quality, on-time iron casting solutions alongside high-touch customer service. We’re an integrated manufacturer with a full array of on-site services that you won’t find at other foundries. It all starts with our Customer Advocates who know how to address the unique needs of each of our clients.

From coordinating the quoting and order planning processes to delivering your finished component, we provide faster and more dynamic support via one single point of contact.

In working with Lawton, you’ll find what sets us apart is our focus on people. Our people-first approach is not just external-facing with our customers. People-first guides all we do; it permeates throughout the entire foundry. Lawton puts people first, then the planet, then profits. Our core values include:

Community. We have fun participating in the Bellin Run, United Way, and Adopt a Highway to make a difference in our community.

Family. Not only is the culture of Lawton like a big family, we actually have multiple families who work here.

Empowerment to drive change. We’re driven by curiosity, optimism, and the belief that every person can grow. We work every day to create an environment where employees are empowered to drive change through Employee-Built Ideas.

Safety & Wellness. At Lawton, we offer on-site physical therapy, massage therapy, and a nurse practitioner.

We know it is our remarkable people that lends us remarkable results. Our employees are hard workers. They’re rewarded with.

  • Benefits at 60 days
  • Paid time off at 30 days
  • Comprehensive onboarding process
  • Competitive pay
  • Opportunities for advancement and
  • Cross-training

Lawton’s high-performance culture isn’t for everyone. If you’re excited about growing, improving, and applying your best thinking to improve your work, we’d love to talk with you. Our employees love our fast-paced yet easygoing work environment. How do we know that? The average tenure of our employees is over 13 years.

Let’s take a look inside the foundry

The production of castings and machined components has been our core business for five generations. We understand the role patterns play in the shape and accuracy of casting and their contribution to iron integrity. The patterns produced by the Lawton pattern shop follow strict manufacturing guidelines to ensure the highest quality castings.

We provide a wide range of internal machining capabilities.

That’s right – we have an onsite pattern shop and machining! That means reduced lead times for you! At The C.A. Lawton Co., we provide each customer with a weekly updated order status report and respond with urgency and flexibility to continually meet your expectations.

We know you came here to see some fire!

What exactly do we provide? The C.A. Lawton company produces castings ranging from 400 to 45,000 lbs. in all types of grey and ductile iron to strict ISO 9001:2015 quality standards.

Through our commitment to Continuous Improvement and reaching ISO standards, we identified a significant reduction in our internal and external scrap and returns, which in turn, created better sales and productivity throughout the organization. Just a few of our Continuous Improvement tools and techniques include:

  • One-to-one meetings
  • 6S
  • Kaizen
  • Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI boards)
  • EBI Lites and
  • LEAN

Be sure to check out our blog and social media for casting fun facts, expert interviews, how we’re continuously improving, and of course, cool fire pics!

The C.A. Lawton Co. Remarkable People. Remarkable Results. Since 1879.