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American Iron Versa‐Bar continuous cast-iron bar products.

Houston Iron Foundry Gaining a Distribution Center

Jan. 17, 2023
Lawton Standard’s QESC foundry will stock stocking Versa‐Bar continuous cast iron and other alloy bars products for the group’s American Iron subsidiary.

Lawton Standard Co.’s American Iron & Alloys will begin distributing its Versa‐Bar continuous cast-iron bar products and other alloy bars (including bronze) from the QESC iron foundry in Houston, to improve delivery times for those products. The Houston operation also will offer tubing, milling, and plate‐cutting capabilities.

“I knew that our alignment with The Lawton Standard family of foundries would further improve our customer service,” according to American Iron president Rick Janes. “However, I didn’t expect to offer additional distribution as early as the first quarter of 2023.”

Lawton Standard purchased American Iron & Alloys in November 2022 for an undisclosed price. Based in Waukesha, WI, American Iron processes and distributes cast iron bars, bronze bars, and other metal parts, and provides finishing services to North American manufacturers.

Lawton Standard is a holding company for seven ferrous foundries producing different ranges of castings in various iron and steel grades. The different operations also offer different finishing and machining services for their product lines.

QESC, formerly Quality Electric Steel Casting, was added to the portfolio in January 2022. It produces gray iron, manganese steel, and white iron castings, and various specialty castings at up to 1,000 tons/month for oil-and-gas markets, including large valve bodies, gears, and connecting rods.

Plant operations manager at QESC, Chuck Walker, said: “With the addition of the AIA and Versa‐Bar products, we can offer even more services to the region from this facility. These value‐added services illustrate the commitment of Lawton Standard to this important area.”