J.M. Lapeyre (1926-1989)
In 1946, James Martial (J.M.) Lapeyre invented the world’s first automated shrimp peeling machine, which revolutionized the shrimp processing industry. From that revolutionary invention, Laitram (his middle name backwards) was spawned. Over the next four decades, until his death in 1989, J.M. Lapeyre earned 191 U.S. patents and founded three operating divisions based on his industry defining inventions.
Today, Laitram, L.L.C.’s four operating divisions—Laitram Machinery, Intralox, Lapeyre Stair, and Laitram Machine Shop — employ over 1,550 people worldwide. Laitram’s corporate support group provides professional services to the operating divisions, including information technology services, human resources, legal counsel, advertising, safety, and maintenance. They supply a high level of expertise while maintaining the flexibility and efficiencies of internal resources.
Laitram’s success springs from an intense commitment to innovation, integrity, and continuous improvement in every aspect of our work. The Laitram Business Philosophy and the Laitram Continuous Improvement Program challenge each employee to be accountable for personal improvement, teamwork, open communication and self management.