Lawson Rigging and Fabrication, although a new company, has the experience of three generations in the Lawson family to build on. A family business generated through hands on experience and made successful by taking care of customers.


Lewis & Lawson Excavating begins it’s 20 year run.
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Lewis & Lawson expands into the marine industry forming Lewis & Lawson Harbor Service.
Lewis & Lawson Harbor Service operated 20 years in the Clinton, IA area by; operating 3 tugboats for fleeting of barges, welding, repair, cleaning of barges, and raising sunken barges. They built a 700-ton capacity dry dock expanding repair capabilities. Millwright work, plant maintenance, driving piling for barge loading/unloading for Peavey Grain, Bunge Corp., Agrico, Agri Industries, and CF Industries. Transported 110 ton gas fired boiler by barge and tug from Chattanooga, TN and installed it on the second floor of Clinton Corn Processing (now ADM) in Clinton IA without the use of any cranes.
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Lewis & Lawson Harbor Service was sold but Jerry Lawson continued to do millwright work for the above companies.
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Jerry Lawson, Inc. was started and a marina in Sabula, IA was purchased.
Rebuilding Island City Harbor began with:
- Replacing all dock assemblies which were built on site with marina staff
- 130 slips for 40', 50', and 60' boats
- 60,000 lb. travel lift for launching and repair of boats
- Customer oriented through quality workmanship to satisfy the customer
- Rebuilding gas dock
- Expanding ship's store
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All this experience is the spring board for Lawson Rigging and Fabrication, a company owned and operated by Jerry Lawson, Inc. with the third generation equipped to continue the history of customer service and make their own history.
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