In the late 1960s, Arthur Landers left his job as a manager at a Boston-based electronics firm to avoid uprooting his family to the company’s new location in California. While exploring new work opportunities, Arthur consulted with a small packaging company where his wife, Nancy, was employed. After successfully helping troubleshoot equipment problems they were experiencing, the company invested in his innovative solutions, and Arthur was hired as a manager at LaminatedFILMS & Packaging.
Around this time, DuPont, a preeminent chemical company, had been working with a limited number of partner companies to introduce medical-grade Tyvek® to device manufacturers. DuPont contracted Arthur to complete a machine that could seal a chevron peel pouch. His solution succeeded, and soon after, the company that had previously been tasked with coating the Tyvek® acquired LaminatedFILMS. Arthur went on to develop the first machine to manufacture Tyvek® pouches.
This business, located in Salem, Massachusetts, grew so rapidly that the parent company of LaminatedFILMS moved the business to its main facility, out of state. Faced once again with the undesirable circumstance of relocation, Arthur boldly decided to buy all but the medical packaging line of the company’s assets and focus on industrial and military packaging.
In the mid-1970s, after completing enlistment in the U.S. Coast Guard, Arthur’s son, Jim Landers, joined the company. The electronics industry was evolving the protection offered by device packaging to accomodate electronic components, which were more sensitive to environmental elements, such as humidity and electrostatic charge.
LaminatedFILMS’ involvement in the development of new ESD (electrostatic discharge) materials would later lead to the company’s success in the Aerospace industry. Additionally, the company resumed producing peel pouches when Arthur’s two-year non-compete in the medical packaging industry concluded.
The company’s facility in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was completed in 1984. With Jim Landers now running the company, Arthur moved to Melbourne, Florida, to retire. Growing restless within a month of relocating, Arthur decided retirement did not yet suit him, and instead launched a new clean-room facility in Melbourne where it would be possible to manufacture packaging systems for NASA sub-contractors. The close location to the Kennedy Space Center helped the company become a respected supplier to the space program.
Continuing in the company’s family-based business traditions, Kathy Landers, Jim’s wife, left the nursing field in 1995 to join LaminatedFILMS. Kathy went on to became the company’s Chief Financial Officer.
Now, four decades later, LaminatedFILMS is recognized industry-wide for delivering innovative packaging solutions on-time, within specifications, and with competitive pricing. We are proud to say that Arthur’s commitment to product quality is evident with every flexible packaging solution we deliver and his relentlessly innovative spirit lives on in the work we do each day to serve our customers.