Governor Scott Walker Visits

If you didn’t hear, there was a big announcement on Friday about a local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Center. CA Lawton was proud to host Gov. Scott Walker and other members of the Brown County Board. We are excited to see the future of our workforce.

 

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C.A. Lawton Co: New Approach to Old Method

The C.A. Lawton Co. (Calco) constantly strives to meet or exceed its customers’ needs. Often, it involves meeting very short customer lead times. Making the core and core boxes required to produce a casting is the most time consuming step in the process. This step can add many weeks to the casting production time. In order to significantly reduce this time, we has been exploring new approaches to this old problem. It came up with a solution using a relatively new technology called additive manufacturing or 3D printing.

We have developed a number of partnerships with colleges and businesses that have the ability to use a 3D sand printer. The printer works by laying down a very thin layer of sand and then coating it with resin based upon the shape of the desired part. After this is done, the excess sand is removed and the core is complete. This process eliminates the man hours required to make a core by hand and provides a consistently high quality part every time.

The quality of these cores is comparable to that of a traditionally made one. The 3D printed cores are much faster to produce but they are slightly more expensive. The price to print a core is decreasing as time and technology goes forward.

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We have used 3D printed cores on five prototype projects in the last 15 months. This much faster process is planned to be used on products with short lead times, repetitive cores and older products that are reverse engineered because a pattern no longer exists. We are embracing this technology by having its engineers trained in the 3D printing technology and making room for the necessary equipment. It is excited about adding this new technology to its traditional capabilities

About The C.A. Lawton Co.: The Company is a 137 years old with fifth generation leadership. It is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has two facilities in De Pere, WI. Its integrated business includes pattern making, iron casting (gray & ductile), machining and other value added services. The C.A. Lawton Co. provides large iron castings and machining to both domestic and foreign manufacturers in the HVAC, municipal pump and valve, oil & gas, mining, agriculture and power generation industries. Its customers include General Electric, IR/Trane, Metso, and Siemens.

Please contact Calco online or call 920-337-2470 for additional information or to request a quote.

 

C.A. Lawton Co. to Host 3rd Annual Charity Golf Outing

The C.A. Lawton Co. (Calco), an industry-leading supplier of large castings, will be hosting its 3rd annual Ron Steele Memorial Golf Outing on Friday, June 17, 2016. The event includes a four-person 18-hole scramble, four-person 9-hole scramble, buffet lunch, Bloody Mary bar, hole prizes and raffles. The golf outing will take place at Hilly Haven Golf Course, with all proceeds benefiting The American Cancer Society. Calco’s 2015 golf outing generated more than $5,000 to support The American Cancer Society.

The event honors Ron Steele who served many roles at the Calco foundry, including Director of Operations, Quality Manager and Plant Metallurgist. Ron was considered one of the world’s experts in cast iron products and casting processes and was known for his quick wit and his love for the game of golf.  He viewed Hilly Haven as his second home. Ron will always be a part of the Calco operation and remembered as an outstanding employee and close friend.

thumbnail_golf“Ron Steele is a Calco legend and foundry industry stalwart,” said Alex Lawton, Chief Executive Officer of Calco.  “To have a day where the various stakeholders of Calco can come together and have fun while honoring Ron and supporting a great cause is a great feeling.  Occasionally it’s who we are and not what we do or have accomplished that needs to be celebrated.  I look forward to a great event and appreciate any support and involvement.”

Event Schedule

7:00 a.m. – Registration begins, Blood Mary bar opens

8:00 a.m. – 18-hole scramble begins

10:30 a.m. – 9-hole scramble begins

1:30 p.m. – Buffet lunch is served
For more information or to submit a completed registration form, email golf@calawton.com

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 HVACmunicipal pump and valveoil & gasmining, and power generation industries. Its customers include General ElectricIR/TraneMetso, and Siemens.

The Lawton Difference: Quality and On-Time Delivery

lawton differenceAt The C.A. Lawton Co. (Calco), we are proud of the reputation our foundry has built over the last two centuries: a reputation for quality, on-time iron casting solutions alongside high-touch customer service. Through this series of blog posts, we have provided details that further reveal the “Lawton Difference” and the areas in which we excel. In this post, we’d like to highlight how Calco provides exceptional on-time delivery while maintaining our high standard of quality our customers have come to expect.

Quality:

Calco strives to provide its customers with the best possible product they can find, and it all starts with our Customer Advocates. As a single point of contact, our Customer Advocates know how to address the unique needs of clients. Their responsibilities include coordinating the quoting and order planning processes as well as providing each customer with a weekly status report of all their orders. Our 137 years in the business have taught us the importance of having a customer support staff involved and experienced in the operational side of the business. Additionally, accounts are always assigned so a client’s specific needs align with a customer advocate’s background—providing faster and more dynamic support.

With the help of our Customer Advocates, Calco’s ambitiously high standards also carry over into what we create. Since 2010, Calco has been ISO certified. This certification is based on a number of quality management principles with a customer focus. ISO requires processes that work to eliminate errors and continually improve the customer experience. Our efforts to meet these rigorous standards make us more efficient, create a cost savings for customers and, most importantly, ensure a high-quality product for customers. For more information about Calco’s quality standards, please contact our Customer Advocates.

On-Time Delivery:

Our commitment to quality continues by emphasizing on-time delivery. Calco’s highly-trained Customer Advocates coordinating Calco’s projects are ready for surprise challenges, last-minute changes and expedited projects.

The Calco team recently had the opportunity to showcase this unique strength over the holiday season:

A client out of Detroit had parent company in Germany that provided all of the company’s castings before its partnership with Calco. However, the Detroit plant had a last-minute, customer-driven design change that compromised the ship date of a large system.

There was no pattern available for the parts required, and the castings required extensive machining, annealing and painting operations to be completed, all of which added to the time required to produce the assembly-ready parts. Plus, the shipping queue from Germany added more than three weeks due to the transfers and the crossing. In addition to the obstacles above, production schedules were being affected by the holidays, and the OEM’s budget and schedule were blown out of the water.

Calco, however, came to the Detroit OEM’s rescue, roughing out a very aggressive schedule to produce the pattern and castings. The schedule provided for a three-week ship date from the time the order was received to the shipment of raw castings to the next machining operation. The Detroit OEM placed the order, and Calco beat the compressed ship date by two days.

At Calco, we pride ourselves in being a top tier U.S. foundry providing competitive pricing and lead times to meet our customers’ needs.  Please contact Calco online or call 920-337-2470 for additional information or to request a quote.

The Lawton Difference: A Culture of Flexibility and Urgency

At The C.A. Lawton Co. (Calco), we take pride in what sets us apart from other foundries and manufacturing companies. This includes our culture of flexibility and urgency, integrated offerings, dedicated customer advocates, and our focus on quality and on-time delivery. Through this series of blog posts, we have provided details that further reveal the “Lawton Difference” and the areas in which we excel. In this post, we’d like to highlight Calco’s culture of urgency.

Knowing that our customers’ needs can change daily, Calco looks to respond with urgency and flexibility to continually meet their expectations. This attribute was exemplified in December with a new Detroit-based customer. Calco proudly began work with this global-scale capital equipment OEM through shoe-leather prospecting efforts.

The Challenge:

 

  • The OEM’s parent company in Germany provided all of the company’s castings before its partnership with Calco.
    • They were under the impression there were not quality castings available at competitive pricing or with reasonable lead times available in the United States.
  • The Detroit plant had a last-minute, customer-driven design change early in Q4 ’15 that compromised the ship date of a large system.
  • There was no pattern available for the parts required, and the castings required extensive machining, annealing, and painting operations to be completed, all of which added to the time required to produce the assembly-ready parts.
  • The shipping queue from Germany added more than three weeks due to the transfers and the crossing.
  • In addition to the obstacles above, production schedules were being affected by the holidays, and the OEM’s budget and schedule were blown out of the water.

 

The Solution:

 

  • Calco roughed out a very aggressive schedule and firm costs to produce the pattern and castings. The schedule provided for a three-week ship date from the time the order was received to the shipment of raw castings to the next machining operation. The Detroit OEM placed the order, and Calco beat the compressed ship date by two days.

 

The Results:

 

  • Calco’s new customer was able to get all of the final operations completed and got the final parts to final assembly mid-December. With immediate integration, this meant the new parts could be added inside of the parent schedule’s original time frame.
  • Calco’s castings and pattern base cost were competitive, and no unfunded costs in time or money were expended due to trans global freight.
  • The first-quality castings were delivered with no surprises or hassle.
  • The new customer showed to his parent that there are, indeed, responsive foundries producing quality castings in the United States, and they are taking a new look at their United States plant being allowed to purchase castings from a United States supplier.
    • Additionally, Calco has proven it is up to their demanding requirements.
  • The project was racked up as a big personal win for the OEM’s purchasing manager who made the connection with Calco. He is a transplant here from the main office in Germany.

 

Are you looking for a responsive U.S. foundry providing castings at competitive pricing and with reasonable lead times? Contact Calco online for more information or to request a quote

The C.A. Lawton Co. to Offer Manufacturer Direct Plates, Work Holding, Platens, and Weld Tables

After producing its own angle plates and work holding fixtures for more than a century, The C.A. Lawton Co. (Calco), a De Pere, WI-based foundry, pattern, and heavy manufacturing machine shop, will now offer these highest-quality products through a Calco-branded consumer product line being sold directly to machinists and fabricators. The new products will complement Calco’s core offerings and will be sold through an electronic store.

Calco’s integrated capabilities to provide a “total solution” lend well to the offering of its most recent branded line of industry products that include:

 

Direct Angle Plates

  • New, first operation machined
  • Produced in cast iron, which outperforms steel and most efficiently dampens machining harmonics
  • Sold in pairs
  • Weight: 800# – 2,800# ea.
  • Double gussets
  • Value added: machining and industrial gray paint
  • Calco has historically produced the plates required in its own machine shop.
  • *Products are usually in stock and ready for your last operation (application specific) machining. Custom sizes/configurations to suit a business’ unique needs are provided upon request.

     

    Welding Platens (in development)

  • These rectangular cast iron welding tables will tolerate heat and stress without warping, and welding splatter/snots won’t stick to the cast.
  • Weight: 800# – 2,100#
  • Value added: basic machining, paint, and support legs/frames
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    Layout Tables (in development)

  • Calco’s layout tables are identical to the company’s welding platens, except the surface has a series of tapped holes.
  • Value added: basic machining, paint, and support legs/frames
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    Rendering/Soup Kettles/Slag Pots (in development)

  • Product will be sold as raw castings.
  • Value added: heat treatment
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    Calco has deep roots in the machining and heavy manufacturing industries and currently provides castings that are integrated into OEM products, including waterworks, HVAC, agriculture, and mining. We look forward to learning about your business’ unique requirements and meeting its needs. Bring us your toughest challenge, and we will work seamlessly with you to provide a custom solution. Our success depends on yours! Contact us today!

    Ask us for a competitive quotation on your other casting requirements over 400#, as well!

    U.S. Senator Visits The C.A. Lawton Co.

    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.

    Request a quote from Calco.

    The Lawton Difference: Customer Advocates

     

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    The C.A. Lawton Co. provides innovative product solutions within the industries of agriculture, HVAC, oil and gas, off highway, paper, gas turbine, wind, mining, and water. The company is primarily focused in taking responsibility for a crucial part of customers’ business by producing large, complex machined castings through integrated offerings, a culture of flexibility and urgency, a focus on quality and on-time delivery and dedicated Customer Advocates. In this second installment of our blog series highlighting the “Lawton Difference,” we’d like to educate our readers on Calco’s enhanced customer relationship management initiative.

     

    Two years ago, Calco implemented comprehensive Customer Advocate roles with the objective of better handling the evolving needs of our clients. We’ve found that clients’ needs are rarely identical, and for a customer service program to be effective, it must be capable of offering precise communication and solutions.

     

    A Calco Customer Advocate is the ‘single-point-of-contact’ for a customer. Their responsibilities include coordinating the quoting and order planning processes as well as providing each customer with a weekly status report of all their orders. Accounts are assigned so a client’s specific needs align with a specialist’s background.

     

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    What makes Calco’s Customer Advocate program innovative?

    Contrary to other foundry and machine shop customer service departments, Calco’s Customer Advocates have backgrounds in the technical side of the business. This previous, real-world experience allows them to better address all kinds of questions a customer may have. Additionally, our specialists report to operation rather than a sales department. It’s all part of the support standard you’ll find here that’s not commonly available in most industries.

     

    How do businesses ultimately benefit from Calco’s Customer Advocate program?

    Customer Advocates enhance Calco’s ability to recognize, understand, and fulfill customer needs. And due to their involvement in the operational side of the business, our specialists provide faster, more dynamic support. They are truly the voice of the customer within The C.A. Lawton Company.

     

    Contact Calco online for more information or to request a quote.