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Penn-Mar Castings uses an air-set, no-bake molding process for castings supplied to refrigeration/air conditioning, pump/compressor, and motor/generator manufacturers.

C.A. Lawton Adds Penn-Mar Castings

Feb. 8, 2021
The private equity-backed portfolio now consists of five ferrous foundries and machining operations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Oakland Standard Co. has acquired another iron foundry to expand the “business platform” it began assembling last year with Wisconsin-based C.A. Lawton Co. as the central location and nameplate for what now are five operations. The new addition is Penn-Mar Castings in Hanover, PA, a producer of multi-cored gray- and ductile-iron castings from 150 to 150,000 lbs.

No price was reported for the purchase. Oakland Standard is a private-equity firm. Its other holdings include distributor Motor City Industrial and automation designer/integrator Oakland Automation.

Alex Lawton, CEO of C.A. Lawton Co., said “the addition of Penn-Mar Castings to our platform and especially the Iron Group creates a truly next-level offering. The combination with The C.A. Lawton Co. and its De Pere, WI and Minster, OH operations provides a combination of scope and reliability that will be valued by many.”

The C.A. Lawton Co., De Pere, WI, foundry produces gray and ductile-iron castings (500-20,000 lbs.) and machined components. In December 2019 Oakland Standard added Temperform, a Novi, MI, foundry producing smaller (10 to 6,000 lbs.) steel and stainless-steel castings used in corrosive, high-temperature applications.

In April, it added to the portfolio, Damascus Steel Casting, New Brighton, PA, a producer of high-performance steel castings.

In July 2020, Oakland Standard purchased Midwest Manufacturing & Logistics, Minster, OH, from Nidec Minster Corp., a metal forming and machine tool builder that had operated the plant as an in-house iron foundry. Like the Wisconsin plant, it also casts gray and ductile iron for large-dimension castings up to 45,000 lbs., for HVAC, municipal pump and valve, mining, and power generation industries.

Penn-Mar Castings uses an air-set, no-bake molding process for castings supplied to refrigeration/air conditioning, pump/compressor, and motor/generator manufacturers.