Wisconsin Family Business Award Nomination

By C.A. Lawton | May 3, 2012

The C.A. Lawton Co. Nominated for Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award – Award celebrates the contributions family owned, Wisconsin-based businesses make to industry and the community

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Contact Patrick Kotowski

Director of Business Development



De Pere, WI – The C.A. Lawton Co. was recently nominated for the Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award, which highlights the accomplishments of private, family-owned businesses based in Wisconsin that plan on passing ownership to the next generation. Now in its fifth generation, The C.A. Lawton Co. has seen its family ownership and management as a source of stability and consistent leadership.

Current CEO, president, and owner-manager Alex Lawton says he works to maintain a culture based on the values of honesty, caring about employees and customers, continual improvement of products and processes, and business success. “Our commitment to our values throughout the generations has provided a basis for our long-term success and our continued contribution to our employees, customers, and the community,” notes Lawton.

One of the cornerstones in the success of The C.A. Lawton Co. has been its ability to evolve its capabilities to meet the changing needs of industry over the past five generations. Today The C.A. Lawton Co. is a casting-centric business providing large iron casting solutions, making the casting buying process easier for its customers through on-site machining and other valuable services.

Nominees will be judged by an independent panel of business leaders based on several criteria including contribution to industry and the community as well as business performance, innovation, and success in overcoming challenges over the years and through the most recent economic times. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 10, 2012, in Madison. Past winners of the award include Bassett Mechanical, Kaukauna, WI; C.G. Schmidt, Inc., Milwaukee, WI; and J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Neenah, WI.

About The C.A. Lawton Co.

The C.A. Lawton Co. has well over a century of experience as a leading manufacturer of industrial components, employing 140 people between two facilities in De Pere, WI. Its integrated business includes patternmaking, casting, and machining capabilities. The C.A. Lawton Co. provides large iron castings and machining for domestic manufacturers in the HVAC, municipal pump and valve, mining, and power generation industries. The C.A. Lawton Co.’s customer base includes such companies as Siemens, General Electric, Metso, and Trane.

About the Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award

The award program was developed and is sponsored by Smith & Gesteland, a Madison-based CPA and consulting firm. They are a founding sponsor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Family Business Center and have a focus of serving family businesses. For more information on the program, visit www.familybusinessaward.com.

For media inquires contact Patrick Kotowski at 920-983-4091

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