Jim Lancaster is the CEO and owner of Lantech.com, LLC. The company has sales and manufacturing headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, along with sales and manufacturing facilities in The Netherlands, sales and service operations in Australia and China. Lantech manufactures packaging and material handling machinery, including stretch wrappers, conveyors, and case forming machinery. This machinery is sold worldwide through a distributor and partner network or directly to large consumer goods companies such as Procter & Gamble, Lever Brothers, Nestlé, Miller Brewing, and Pepsi. Annual gross sales exceed $130 million and the company employs approximately 475 associates.
Before joining Lantech, Jim worked in the financial industry with Catalyst Energy in New York City. In 1990, Jim joined Lantech as a Sales Manager in the Custom Machinery Group. After several promotions, he became President/CEO in 1995.
Lantech is known as the leader in stretch wrap technology and innovation, as well as Case handling equipment. It’s one of the earliest companies to implement the Toyota Lean Principles, as chronicled in Lean Thinking by James Womack, the Harvard Business Review and other publications. Jim has participated in the Lantech Lean Journey for the past 21 years and is now the lead executive driving Lean throughout the organization.
Jim also personally supports and advocates for Technical/Vocational education in Louisville, through his involvement and board Chairman position at Jefferson Community and Technical College and with many other educational related efforts.