BRIEF HISTORY

EARLY YEARS LANSING MANUFACTURING ALTEC LANSING FOUNDING JBL JBL TO 1981 THE MAN

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JBL Distributor Norm Neely, OEM Customer Les Hoffman
and James B. Lansing

Harman International, Courtesy Mark Gander and John Eargle



 


In 1981, John Eargle, then JBL Vice President of Market Planning, developed a biography of James B. Lansing and a corporate history of JBL. It was based on historical documents, and most importantly, interviews with Lansing's key associates and family members. It remains the definitive documentation of the subject of Lansing heritage.

Quite frankly, we are in no position to better John's original work. Instead, we have taken the approach of attempting to augment his article with additional detail and supplemental information. What follows is John Eargle's original article in six parts with illustrations and additional information linked to the appropriate references.

Early Years - The story of Jim Lansing's formative years in the Midwest and move to California.

Lansing Manufacturing - A history of Jim Lansing's first company from its inception to its merger with the All Technical Services Corporation (Altec)

Altec Lansing - A description of Jim Lansing's involvement and accomplishments at Altec.

Founding JBL - A recounting of the formation of JBL and it's early struggles.

JBL to 1981 - A history of the accomplishments of the company under the direction of Bill Thomas, and later, Harman International.

The Man - A retrospective of the personality and character of James B. Lansing.