Orton Welcomes New General Manager!



The Board of Trustees of the Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation announces the retirement of its General Manager for the past 16 years, Gary Childress effective February 2, 2018. Mr. Mark Lawson will replace Mr. Childress as General Manager.


Mr. Lawson joins Orton following more than 20 years in senior management positions with Elkay Manufacturing, Trigon International and Tervis. Mr. Lawson has a BS degree in Mining Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Mr. Lawson’s education and experience in materials will add significant value to the leadership of the management team of Orton.