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Generational Equity Advises Northern Iron & Machine in its Sale to Lawton Standard

By Generational Equity

Sep 6, 2022, 07:00 et

Northern Iron & Machine sold to Lawton Standard

Generational Equity, a leading mergers and acquisitions advisor for privately held businesses, is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Northern Iron & Machine to The Lawton Standard Co. The transaction closed August 12, 2022. 

Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Northern Iron & Machine (NIM) operates a full-service foundry, specializing in high-quality metal castings and machined parts. The Company’s uncompromising commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has established it as a preeminent supplier of heavy industrial parts to large locomotive, construction, and agricultural industrial OEMs. 

The C. A. Lawton Co., Temperform, LLC, Penn-Mar Castings, LLC, and QESC, LLC combined are known as The Lawton Standard Co. (Lawton) which is headquartered in De Pere, Wisconsin. With unprecedented experience in the foundry industry, The Lawton Standard Co. is vertically integrated and closely held. They are focused on bringing foundries into the future.

NIM specializes in producing castings of gray, ductile, and austempered ductile iron up to 250 lbs. Additionally, the Company performs value-added machining work, transforming iron castings into precision parts. This acquisition adds to The Lawton Standard Co. offerings by both size and method. This will benefit both Lawton and NIM customers with expanded sourcing options.

Scott J Hamlett, retiring CEO of Northern Iron & Machine, says, “I’m excited to announce the sale of Northern Iron & Machine to The Lawton Standard Company. Lawton, with their expertise in the foundry industry, will be able to take NIM to the next level. Lawton has the resources necessary to improve operational efficiencies and technical abilities. Best of all, they’ll continue the culture of a close-knit family organization.”

Alex Lawton, CEO of Lawton Standard, says, “Northern Iron & Machine’s history goes back to 1906 when they first started serving the agricultural industries. They quickly advanced to serve more markets with malleable and ductile iron. We appreciate their strong desire to meet customers’ expectations for quality and delivery and their commitment to continuous improvement. NIM utilizes modern and efficient equipment and is run by well-trained, dedicated workers. We’re eager to develop and grow from an interchange of knowledge and projects between NIM and all locations.”

Generational Equity Executive Managing Director of M&A – Central Region, Michael Goss, and his team led by Senior M&A Advisor, Stephen Dinehart, with the support of Vice President, M&A, Jacob Mangalath, successfully closed the deal. Executive Managing Director - North America, Edward G. Weber established the original relationship with NIM.

“This is a win-win for all major stakeholders. The merger expands services to both Lawton’s and NIM’s customers plus the NIM team has expanded professional opportunities,” said Dinehart.

About Generational Equity

Generational EquityGenerational Capital Markets (member FINRA/SIPC), Generational Wealth Advisors, Generational Consulting Group, and DealForce are part of the Generational Group, which is headquartered in Dallas and is one of the leading M&A advisory firms in North America.

With more than 300 professionals located throughout 16 offices in North America, the companies help business owners release the wealth of their business by providing growth consulting, merger, acquisition, and wealth management services. Their six-step approach features strategic and tactical growth consulting, exit planning education, business valuation, value enhancement strategies, M&A transactional services, and wealth management. 

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