Lawton Printing Inc.
Lawton Printing was founded by Frank H. Lawton and Frank A. Lawton, father and son, in January 1940. Still independently owned, Gary and Ray, sons of co-founder Frank A., now serve as Chairmen of the Board for File EZ and Lawton Printing, respectively. Both companies are under the leadership of Laura Lawton-Forsyth as President. Laura represents one of the family's 4th generation employed by the corporations. The company is pursuing a course of growth that focuses on meeting customer needs, while building an organization that will provide the employees and owners a secure future in the graphic communications field.
Over the years, Lawton has diversified into four separate, but interrelated divisions. In addition to the Commercial Printing plant, our sister company, File-Ez Folder, Inc., produces 32 million back to school folders, some 15 varieties, each year. A third division, Lawton Publications, produces Chamber of Commerce publications yearly for over 100 Chambers nationwide. The newest addition to the publication division is Senior Living Strategies, a resource guide for seniors and their caregivers. These guides are currently being produced in Arizona, Texas and Washington. The fourth is our direct mail order Navitabs, that has over 25,000 customers across the nation and the capability to do customized work.
This diversification has enabled Lawton to be a leader in the provision of value added services, such as data classification, warehousing and fulfillment, which sets us apart from our competition. We are also a recognized leader in desktop and electronic prepress services. We provide instruction and information for our customers in the preparation of their digital files. Lawton has always been actively involved with the local and regional trade associations and for the past 20 years we have been directly involved on the national level with Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation. This involvement significantly benefits our customers. Through PIA we network with printers across the country which keeps us on the leading edge of the most current information within the industry. Laura Lawton-Forsyth currently serves on an advisory board to Kodak's graphic arts division. This enables us to continually adapt to the changing needs of our customers.
As we look to the future, we look to forming more partnerships with organizations whose personalities and goals are compatible with ours. We know from years of experience that we excel at adapting our services to meet the specific needs of each individual customer, in long term partnerships.