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Former President and CEO Jack Lantz Retires From Miyachi Unitek

9/26/2013 8:43:57 AM

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Monrovia, CA - Miyachi Unitek Corporation, a leading manufacturer of welding equipment and laser systems, announces the retirement of current Advisory Director Jack Lantz, who served as President and CEO from 1989 until 2012. Mr. Lantz is a well-respected business manager who has been a part of the Miyachi Unitek family for 24 years and key to the company’s growth and history of excellence.

During Mr. Lantz’s tenure, the company expanded from a small U.S. dental products laboratory equipment and micro resistance welding company, into a global supplier of equipment and systems for resistance welding , as well as laser welding, laser marking, large scale resistance welding, laser cutting, and semi-automatic and automatic systems. To expand the product and market base, Mr. Lantz led the company through numerous profitable acquisitions in both the U.S. and Europe. He served as a Director of Miyachi Corporation for ten years, during which Miyachi conducted an IPO and rose to the top tier of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Mr. Lantz’s leadership helped enable the company to rebound strongly after the 2008 economic downturn by finding growing markets for Miyachi Unitek equipment, including implantable medical devices and solar panel manufacture.

Current President and CEO David Fawcett stated, “Leadership is said to require good character, smart strategy and the ability to inspire. Mr. Lantz has exemplified all of that and more; he has been an excellent role model for so many people and guided the business through good times and bad. In the words of President John Quincy Adams, ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.’ This is most certainly true in the case of Mr. Jack Lantz.”

Mr. Lantz holds a BA in music from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has continued to balance both interests, as Director of Music & Worship Arts at La Canada Presbyterian Church since 2009, and leader of the 17-piece Jack Lantz Band, in addition to working at Miyachi Unitek. In collaboration with his wife, Paulette, Mr. Lantz has organized a wide variety of musical and arts events and projects. His American Flyer train collection and layout were featured in the December 2011 edition of Classic Toy Trains. In October 2012 Scripps College and Hotei Publishing published a book on the Paulette and Jack Lantz Japanese woodblock print collection, entitled Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints. In retirement, Mr. Lantz looks forward to having more time for these and other hobbies.

“Jack has been a mentor to me for a large part of my working life,” said Mr. Fawcett. “I consider myself extremely fortunate to have worked with him and to have him as a friend. On behalf of myself and the entire Miyachi Unitek community, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks for all he has contributed to the company and my wish that he continue to find meaning and happiness in his well-deserved retirement.”

About MiyachiUnitek

Miyachi Unitek is a leading manufacturer of equipment and systems for resistance welding, laser welding, laser marking, laser cutting, and hot bar reflow soldering and bonding. The company provides products to a wide range of markets, including the medical device, battery, electric vehicle, and solar industries, as well as the global electronics, automotive, and general industrial markets. Miyachi Unitek is an ISO9001 certified company. Contact Miyachi Unitek at its company headquarters, located at 1820 S Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA91016, by phone at (626) 303-5676, or by email at Find out more about the company’s products and services at

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