Stretch wrapper manufacturer named “World’s Greatest,” capping company’s 40th anniversary
July 03, 2012 - MMH Editorial
As Lantech celebrates its 40th anniversary, it is also enjoying national recognition as the “world’s greatest manufacturer of stretch wrapping equipment” by the television program “World’s Greatest!”
Lantech invented stretch wrapping in 1972, and the traits that made the company an industry leader, and allowed it to remain at the top for 40 years, are also what caught the attention of the “World’s Greatest!...” producers. “Most every innovation in the stretch wrapping equipment industry can be traced back to Lantech,” said Gordon Freeman, Executive Producer at How2Meida, producers of the show. “That’s what leaders do, they pioneer, grow and lead. And, that’s why this story is meaningful to our viewers.”
As part of the show, How2Media sent a film crew to the company’s Louisville, KY facilities to find out the story, and show viewers why Lantech was selected as the best in its category. “World’s Greatest!...” is a thirty-minute show dedicated to highlighting the world’s greatest companies, products, places and people. The episode featuring Lantech aired on the ION network in May, however you can see the clip on Lantech’s website at http://www.lantech.com.
Lantech invented the now-standard shipping process of unitizing products on a pallet when it introduced the first commercially successful pallet stretch-wrapping machine at what is now known as Pack Expo, in 1973. The company estimates that approximately 3 billion loads per year are shipped using this technology. Today Lantech holds 175 U.S. and foreign patents for stretch-wrapping, shrink-wrapping and case-erector equipment.
Started in 1972 by brothers Pat and Bill Lancaster, Lantech estimates that it has more than 65,000 machines in the field worldwide.
“Our product development focus has always been aimed at improving the customer’s uptime, labor utilization and material reduction,” said Jim Lancaster, CEO. “We have people in customer plants every day, studying their operations to help us stay ahead of changing trends, and help our customers increase productivity.”