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Today was a tough day. There was an accident at our sister foundry in De Pere, Wisconsin, but we felt a pang here, too. View the press release.
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As we prepare to celebrate this Independence Day, please take a few moments to read the document prepared on that day 246 years ago. The Declaration of Independence speaks about the injustices suffered by our founding fathers and how they were to join to overcome these injustices. Two specific phrases remind us of what binds...
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At The Lawton Standard Co., we thrive on safety, reliability, collaboration, integrity, and innovation. In addition, we value and encourage a healthy family culture at every location.  Tom Young is one of our five general managers across the Lawton Standard platform. He oversees our Penn-Mar Castings location located in Hanover, PA. He has been in...
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Foundries have been setting high standards for recycling and inspiring other industries to adapt to their level of sustainability. For centuries, foundries have been making new metal objects by remelting old ones. For example, the oldest existing casting is a copper frog made in Mesopotamia dating back to 3200 B.C. Metalcasting facilities recycle more than...
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Iron, in its pure form, is lustrous, silvery, and soft. Iron’s electrons can spin in the same direction, which means it effortlessly combines with alloying elements. Iron is also polymorphic. Its crystal structure can transform into different forms by changing the temperature and carbon content. Iron’s properties make it valuable to metallurgists and engineers. The...
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Author: R.J. Hawkins, Engineer Manager at The C.A. Lawton Co. Often kids are raised by a single parent. To the best of their abilities, the parent does all he or she can do to assure their kids don’t see the struggles that are taking place. I am an example of this because I was raised...
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Selecting a foundry can be challenging whether you’re involved in a new project startup that requires cast parts or if you’re relocating patterns to a different supplier. Here is a simple process that will help you to identify the right foundry for your needs. Step 1: Know your product The more knowledge and information you...
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The Lawton Standard Co. announces the (re)launch of QESC (Quality Electric Steel Castings) as its latest growth initiative in response to constrained capacity in the domestic metal casting industry.  The Lawton Standard Co. has recently added the facilities and team members of QESC (Houston, TX) to its growing casting business to respond to constrained industry...
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Designing a pattern can be challenging, especially if you don’t have a well-defined process. At PMC, the design review process begins when the customer and the foundry’s casting engineer review the required casting shape. It consists of drawings or models of a casting-friendly pattern and more core boxes. Technical discussions typically include tolerances required, allowable...
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Metal casters can develop complex shapes in many sizes using a wide variety of materials with unique properties that serve many different purposes. That’s why metal castings are vital to many key industries such as agriculture, healthcare, and mining. Without castings, these industries and the role they play in our everyday lives wouldn’t be the...
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