At Calco we understand all of the various complexities buyers in our markets confront when procuring large cast components, and we work every day to make that experience easier for them. Our customers require us to understand and service their specific needs, provide seamless and seemingly effortless solutions to complex casting buys, and perform with an underlying sense of thoroughness and urgency.

We break down how we provide a superior large casting buying experience into four areas:

On-boarding Process

  • Assimilating and complying with specifications
  • Coordinating tooling transfers
  • Adapting tooling to the Calco casting process
  • Coordinating the part approval process
  • Accepting design modifications
  • Participating in cost-reduction efforts

Scheduling – Coordination and Urgency

  • Meeting requested delivery dates
  • Reporting order status each week
  • Adjusting schedule dates when needed
  • Providing expedited shipping options
  • Managing multiple products on-site: patterns, castings, machining, painting, etc.
  • Offering inventory programs
  • Coordinating JIT programs


  • Focusing on interdepartmental cohesiveness – information sharing
  • Being flexible and willing to meet customer needs
  • Responding quickly to customer inquiries within 24 hours
  • Proactively reporting changes in order status
  • Coordinating conference calls
  • Delivering quotes on-time
  • Following up on quotes and inquiries

Success with Metrics

  • Productivity
  • On-time delivery
  • Quality

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Welcome from Alex
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Welcome to The C.A. Lawton Co. – or Calco, as we often say. My family and our organization have been manufacturing goods and providing services from the Green Bay, Wisconsin area since 1879.We’ve put together this site to help you better understand who we are. When viewing our site you’ll find a wide range of information from our mission, vision, values and history to our current capabilities, including case studies and the markets we serve. We understand all of the various complexities buyers in our markets confront when procuring large cast components, and we work every day to make that experience easier. We’re a first-rate supplier of large iron castings, and we complement that with products and services that round out our offering, making us a truly integrated supplier. Everything we do stems from sound technical and engineering foundations and makes long-term business sense. We are constantly working and investing to build new capabilities to combine them with the first-rate people and assets that exist throughout our organization. The result is a value-added supplier partner unlike any other in the marketplace. We’re excited for you to learn more about us, and we’d also like to hear about your business – and your current challenges. Please contact us at any time. We look forward to meeting you.

Mission, Vision, Values

With over 135 years of history, we’ve learned a lot about what works – and that extends far beyond engineering and casting large components. We’ve also learned the importance of listening to our clients’ needs and developing strong relationships built on exceptional communication. At the heart of Calco, you’ll find our mission, vision, and values. They guide everything we do, including how we treat each other and our customers.

Mission Statement

We are a foundry-centered manufacturer and integrated supplier of value-added services. We apply our corporate values, operational capabilities, and market discipline for the benefit of all our stakeholders, especially our customers.

Vision Statement

We will retain our key customer base and grow in our target markets because we have aligned our capabilities with marketplace needs and because we work every day to make the buying experience easier for our customers. We will accomplish this by executing our plans and taking good care of our people, who are our most valuable asset. That will culminate in us achieving our objectives and in turn contributing to our stakeholders, especially our customers.

Corporate Values

Honesty – We tell our fellow stakeholders the truth as well as deal with the unspoken issues, even when the messages and topics are difficult
Caring – We care about our fellow stakeholders via safe and compliant operations; through fair compensation and vendor terms; and by delivering quality parts on time to our customers
Improving – We apply our experience, intellect, work ethic, and capital to continually improve our products, services, and processes
Success – We are awarded new business from existing and new customers; attract, develop, and retain good employees; and are solidly profitable

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Our History

In 1879, C.A. Lawton and his uncle, E.W. Arndt, began manufacturing a bran dressing machine (separating bran from flour) under the name Novelty Manufacturing Co. in De Pere, Wisconsin. During the industrial boom of the early 1880s, they expanded capabilities to include pattern making, an iron foundry, machining, and engineering design. This basic model of a machinery and machine component manufacturing company has been maintained ever since. They continued manufacturing together until a panic and the Jones Bank failure in 1886, when C.A. Lawton personally reorganized the business with financial support of local businessmen and changed the name to The C.A. Lawton Co. During this period, the company became a major supplier of mechanical power transmission machinery to Midwest manufacturers. This capability served as the touchstone for the business for more than a century. While much has changed in manufacturing since our company began, family ownership and management has been a source of stability and consistent leadership. Today Alex Lawton, the current CEO and president, is the fifth-generation owner-manager. And our company is still based on values of honesty, caring about employees and customers, continual improvement of products and processes, and business success. In 2000, economic globalization changed the previously successful business models of our various entities. The industrial markets we had served changed their buying practices and priorities, and we took the next step in our evolution.

In 2006, we integrated all of our business entities – manufacturing, casting, machining, patterns, engineering and pressure vessels – into a single business and rationalized the general and administrative expenses. We have changed our approach to servicing the North American paper industry, sold our Plastics Machinery Division, and focused manufacturing resources on industry sectors that are aligned with our capabilities, including agriculture, HVAC, oil and gas, off highway, paper, gas turbine, wind, mining and water.

Today our success is built on delivering quality gray and ductile iron castings from 400 to 15,000 pounds, associated pattern tooling, and machined components that meet our customer requirements.

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Corporate Campus

When Calco began more than a century ago, our facilities were located on Broadway Avenue in downtown De Pere, Wisconsin. Then, in 1980, our company acquired the Rothe Foundry and the adjoining property, and in 1989 we built a second building – providing enough space for a complete move to our 24 acres in the East De Pere Industrial Park. The foundry facility includes 75,000 square feet located just 100 yards north of the pattern, machine and paint shops, which occupy 40,000 square feet. We realized many years ago the power of locating pattern, casting, machining, testing, and assembly in close proximity. Logistically, we have a decided advantage over competitors who attempt to bundle services like castings and machining. Proximity makes the coordination of integrated services routine for our staff.

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We believe that work is more than a place we go every day. It’s a place of growth, creativity, collaboration, and internal and external relationships. That’s why we’ve built Calco around two core assets: the combination of facilities and equipment and our people. It’s what makes working and contributing here so unique. We encourage and develop our employees to be involved and empowered, inspiring them to turn plans into action. We want our people to take pride in their work by providing top-notch customer support and producing superior-quality products. It’s a philosophy that extends to every area of our business, from engineers and manufacturing specialists to accounts payable and customer advocates. After all, it’s the combined talents, skills, knowledge, experience and passion of our people that make us who we are.

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Beyond Compliance

For Calco, our environmental and community goals go beyond simply meeting regulatory requirements. We integrate these goals with our strategic and economic objectives – focusing on future sustainability. Our corporate values uphold our commitment to sound stewardship with suppliers, employees, and customers. When planning for the future, we utilize an environmental management system, which facilitates the measurement of potential ecological impact of our actions. We seek to reduce waste, re-use or recycle materials, and select and use materials from suppliers that are environmentally aware in their business activities and minimize energy consumption. We believe responsibility goes beyond the organization into the community and into the environment, so we educate our employees about good environmental practices at home and in the workplace. Calco is currently a participant in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Green Tier program and a member of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Green Masters Program. Over the last year, Calco has improved performance in each of the nine sustainability areas designated by the Green Masters Program.


Click here to view Calco’s Green Masters Program scores and progress.…