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Tawas Tool celebrates 40 years of business

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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 5:00 am

BALDWIN TWP. – Chances are if you’ve driven or rode in an automobile, some of the parts in the vehicle were made with the help of Tawas Tool, located in Baldwin Township.

On Saturday, the company, a subsidiary of Star Cutter Company, celebrated 40 years of business in Iosco County with a factory open house. The company, according to owner Brad Lawton, was started by his grandfather, Howard Lawton, in Detroit in 1927.

Lawton said his grandfather did what the company still does today – manufactures cutting tools called “hobs” that are used by the automotive companies to cut gears out of metal for transmissions.

Lawton said his grandfather was a skilled factory worker who followed the automotive industry to Michigan from Massachusetts in the 1920s.


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