Peel it easy!

Behind the Scenes

James Martial Lapeyre (“JM”) grew up in Houma where his parents owned a shrimp processing company. As a young man, JM’s father told him that if he ever wanted to get rich someday he should invent a machine that peels shrimp.

 Using his mother’s old roller washing machine as a prototype, that’s exactly what he did. In 1947, JM patented his automated shrimp peeling machine that would go on to revolutionize the shrimping industry and launch the Laitram empire (Laitram is Lapeyre’s middle name spelled backward).

Headquartered in Harahan, Laitram now includes four operating divisions, Intralox, Lapeyre Stair, Laitram Machinery and Laitram Machine Shop, and owns over 900 patents with 1,900 employees around the world.

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