by Jason Ogden
BALDWIN TWP. – A major Iosco County employer is cele brating 40 years of operations in Baldwin Township with an open house, according to Tawas Tool Company owner Jeff Lawton.
The open house will be at the plant, located at 756 Aulerich Rd., on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Lawton is the fourth-generation of family to own the business, which is a subsidiary of Star Cutter Tools, a company started in the Detroit area by his great-grandfather, Howard Ballard Lawton, in 1927.
He said his great-grandfather manufactured cutting tools for the automotive industry. In the 1960s, Howard Lawton decided to move his manufacturing operations to locations in northern Michigan.
Lawton said the Baldwin Township operation began in 1972 and has been in operation ever since.
Tawas Tool currently employs 120 workers at the Baldwin Township plant, with additional employees at other plants in the state.
He said the main work at the Tawas plant is the manufacturing of cutting tools used in the creation of automotive gears.
According to Lawton, the open house will show what the company does today with modern technology in the creation of cutting tools for industry.
“Our purpose is we need people to understand the technology that goes into manufacturing these parts today, with the use of CNC equipment and advanced technology,” he said.