C.A. Lawton, Temperform merge

AFS Corporate Member The C.A. Lawton Company (De Pere, Wisconsin) has merged with Temperform (Novi, Michigan) as part of a long-term acquisition and expansion strategy.

Day-to-day operations will remain the same at both Temperform and The C.A. Lawton Co. The companies said in a news release they are “creating a new specialty metals platform that will better position both companies for growth in the industry.” This merger will allow each company access to the other’s products and enhance value-added offerings across their customer bases.

This new specialty metals platform will operate under the umbrella of Oakland Standard, a firm that specializes in helping organizations grow through mergers and acquisitions as well as facility and automation investments.

 “We are excited to leverage our family’s 140-plus years in the marketplace to grow and develop not only The C.A. Lawton Co. but its new partner, Temperform and future partner organizations,” said Alex Lawton, CEO of the new platform’s holding company. “I am eager to lead the development of a multi-site, multi-offering, casting-centered business. I love customers and adding value. This change will allow us to serve more customers better, more broadly, and deeply.”

Alex Lawton will be the CEO and a board member of the new company. The board of directors will also include Tim Flannery and Dan Bickersteth, both of Oakland Standard. Barry Adamski will remain President of The C.A. Lawton Co. Blake Albritton will remain president of Temperform.

“We are building a specialty metals platform with improved outcomes for the people who rely on it and the environment, community, and marketplaces we inhabit,” Lawton said. “It starts with creating and maintaining a place people want to work for, buy from, and sell to. From there, we can develop unique offerings based on the capabilities we’ve assembled.”

The C.A. Lawton Co. is a gray- and ductile-iron foundry that makes large castings (400-30,000 lbs). Lawton serves the HVAC, mining, water, and paper industries, among others. Temperform pours smaller steel and stainless-steel castings (10-6,000lbs).