In 1973 at the peak of the energy crisis, Lantech made an impact on the world by inventing the stretch wrapper and changing the way companies package and protect their products for shipment. Billions of pallet loads are stretch wrapper every year. Today we build case and tray handling machines in the Netherlands and stretch wrappers in the United States. Over the years our business has been built on innovation, customer support, and the mission to dramatically reduce shipping damage. We are the global leader in secondary packaging solutions.
Lantech is widely recognized as the world leader in stretch wrapping technology. Not surprising, since we invented the first rotary stretch wrapping machine and have continually re-invented the product with
new features and performance enhancing technology ever since. We
also are industry leaders in robust and efficient case and tray handling equipment, with a worldwide client list.
Our mission is to dramatically reduce the billions of dollars of damage
that happens in transit – making sure products get from the factory
floor to the retailer’s door in pristine condition.
Disruptive Innovation Since 1972.
There was a time when boxes of products were held together on pallets either by bands of highly tensioned steel or shrink wrapped with infrared shrink ovens and
2 lbs. of film. The invention of the stretch wrapping machine in 1972 by Pat Lancaster and his brother Bill changed all that – for the better.
What is now commonplace sounded impossible back in the mid-70’s. Using plastic film just microns thick to hold thousands of pounds worth of products in place on
a pallet? But it worked – and proved to be a faster, more cost-effective, lighter and a safer way of containing loads, saving product manufacturers hundreds of millions of dollars in freight damage every year.
Later on, Pat pioneered the concept of pre-stretching the film – reducing film usage (and related costs) by a half. In plants wrapping 40 loads per hour, running two shifts a day, that saves up to $10,000 per year in film costs alone.
One of the founding principals at Lantech is the conviction that anything and everything can be improved. Over the years, we’ve been awarded over 100 US patents related to the machines and how they work. Today, that includes everything from tools that accurately and automatically measure load containment force to touch-screen monitors that show SPC trend data for preventive maintenance.
The 2001 purchase of the Rembrandt Company in Holland was a melding of two companies with similar operating philosophies, in related industries. Having square packages on the pallet makes it much easier to secure the load. But our expansion into Europe was just the first step.
Today, Lantech equipment is found worldwide, with technical support available 24/7/365 in multiple languages. International growth is combined with continuous innovation, saving companies billions of dollars.
Lantech makes a point to understand how our equipment is utilized in your warehouses, often coming on-site before and long after the initial installation to review how well our machines are performing – and to learn what we can do to make them work more efficiently, reduce maintenance and eliminate downtime.
We are a technology leader, as evidenced by our hundreds of patents – but we understand that customers aren’t looking for innovation unless it truly adds value.
Innovation is key to our mission, which is to help our customers reduce the billions of dollars wasted in transport damage that is occurring every day, everywhere around the world. No one does it better.
Lantech has a huge global footprint, but at heart it is still a small family-owned and operated business. One where everyone knows your name, recognizes and respects the value you add to customers – and to each other.
Managing the transition to second-generation ownership is a huge “cliff event” for most companies. Not at Lantech. Company founder Pat Lancaster deliberately stepped into a new role in R&D in the middle of his career, making way for his son Jim Lancaster to take over the reins. Now a third generation is learning the ropes. In the stretch wrapping business, having no breaks in the film is critical. For Lantech, having continuity in leadership is equally, if not more, important.
Lantech is a truly unique company with great values, great products, great service and a great future.
The history of Lantech began over 45 years ago with two brothers who knew there must be a better way to run a manufacturing company. It was, in their own words, kind of a “social experiment” running totally counter to trends of the time. Listening to and involving employees at all levels of decision-making was encouraged. It was radically different from the traditional managerial/employee model of the last century.
At the core of this is the belief that helping people grow, building on their strengths and interests, does more than just result in a better stretch-wrapping machine or case erector.
CEO Jim Lancaster notes that, “Our people are able to take what they learn here and use it to make a difference in the community – whether it’s coaching their son’s softball team or leading their church. We’re helping people become better human beings in addition to making better equipment.”
It’s a culture that makes people feel good about coming to work every day and attacking challenges together. A work family.
Two words: Loyalty and respect. The loyalty of a family-owned and operated company to do what’s best for its employees, and employees who, in turn, always focus on what’s best for the customer. And a culture of mutual respect that is pervasive from the receptionist’s desk to the factory floor, to management, and naturally extends out to our customer base.
Director of Sales Training and Development Caroline Castelli, calls Lantech “my other family.” It’s a sentiment heard over and over again from over 500 employees.
Mike Dippolito, Project Manager describes the feeling when he walks through the door at the start of the day as, “Good energy. It’s my second home. It’s a positive environment. We’re best at doing what’s right for the customer, because we’re best at doing what’s right for our employees.”
Tony Migliavacca, National Account Manager describes the company as “an amazing culture – we’re helping each other, we’re excited about being successful and helping other people be successful. It’s from the top down, it’s caring about really making a great product, and caring about the people who do that. Caring about those people is what makes it a good product. It’s real. It’s genuine. Everyone feels mutually respected.”
Lantech commits ourselves to making an ongoing investment in new hires – associates that are worth investing our time and money in. Our aim is always to work towards associate growth so each person becomes a vital part of our collective future as we expand across the global marketplace. Each person adds value to our customers – we add value to each person as a team member.
One of the 5 key pillars at Lantech is People Development. This is as every bit as critical to our success as being the product category leader and continuously seeking out new ways of delivering added value to our customers. It reads, in part: “Energize associates by providing valuable work – intentionally develop associates skills through experience-based learning.”
The key attribute we look for in a new employee is a willingness to learn and constantly improve. We provide the opportunity, you provide the curiosity and initiative – and every day, everyone grows individually as we grow our business. Our core values state that “involvement builds commitment” and that “individual’s contributions make the difference.”
Cheakita Webster, Lantech’s Human Resources Manager notes that advancement isn’t something that happens by accident: “We have the Skills Progression Program, we have the LEAP program, we have things that allow people to develop outside of those programs.” She describes the perfect candidate as “someone who is coming in with an aptitude to learn -- and is ready to apply it here and move on to the next level.”
Christina Jay, Human Resources Specialist adds, “The unique thing about the Skills Progression Program is associates are not locked in to the path chosen when first walking through the door – I’ve had people go from materials to production, or production to welding. The system doesn’t limit associates, it grows in whatever direction you choose.” She is especially proud of LEAP, the Lantech Electrical Apprenticeship Program, a free program in which associates teach other associates the trade.
You will be both valued and increasingly more and more valuable from the day you interview through your entire career as a part of the Lantech family.