Jim Lancaster is CEO and owner of Lantech.com, LLC. Lantech is recognized as the leader in stretch wrap technology and innovation. The company has sales and manufacturing headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, sales and manufacturing facilities in the Netherlands, sales and service operations in Australia, and sales offices in China. Lantech manufactures packaging and material handling machinery, including stretch wrappers, conveyors, and case-forming equipment. Products are sold worldwide through a distributor and partner network, and 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 Customs Machinery Group. After several promotions, he became President/CEO in 1995.
Lantech was one of the earliest companies to implement the Toyota Lean Principles in the early 90’s, as chronicled in Lean Thinking by James Womack and Dan Jones, 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 personally supports and advocates for Technical and Vocational education in Louisville, through his involvement and board Chairman position at Jefferson Community and Technical College and with many other educational related efforts.
Tom coaches lean transformations at the project team and enterprise levels, primarily for owners, architects, contractors, and suppliers in the building design and construction industry. His approach employs a combination of team-based training with hands-on simulations followed by on-the-job observations and coaching, often on a one-on-one basis.
His current focus is on helping leadership and project teams develop lean practices that align with their shared identities and core purposes. This alignment is fundamental to cultivating the mood of ambition necessary to maintain the rigor lean practices require.
Tom began his work with lean principles in 2000 while working at the Linbeck Group, a founding member of the Lean Construction Institute. He was responsible for leading the implementation of lean practices on two New England projects in 2001 and co-designed and delivered companywide lean training workshops. Previously he was the senior estimator for wastewater and water distribution public works program. His undergraduate degree in architecture is from Washington University. He is the co-author of a paper published by the American Association of Civil Engineers on lean in transportation and has lectured on lean construction at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is a member of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), as has presented work at past LCI annual conferences.
I started in lean implementations in 1989 (we called it JIT back then).
Since that time I have been involved in many implementations across many organizations around the globe. I have always wondered why so many organizations fail to sustain gains accomplished using the continuous improvement toolset.
This book is exceptional in showcasing the need to implement routine management involvement in order to sustain gains and bring about a true continuous improvement environment.
Dr. W. Edwards Deming estimated that 94% of outcomes are due to management. He was not a person to throw out estimates lightly. Why would you want to leave those outcomes to chance?
Great book for insights, ideas and methods for sustaiining the results achieved from LEAN. Highly recommend for anyone who has experianced the fanstastic results gained from Lean, then noticed the backsliding. Its not the tools its the management methods that will sustain those results.Enjoy!
A great book for anyone frustrated by prior lean work that didn't yield the bottom line results you hoped for. This book lays out a strategy for actually managing a company effectively. Highly recommend!