Lathem Time Company
Lathem Time Company
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Lathem is one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of products for business. The company specializes in three primary categories: time and attendance products, synchronized clock systems, and small business access control solutions. Lathem is proud to celebrate its 90th anniversary, and remains a family-owned and operated US manufacturer. More than 300,000 companies worldwide use a Lathem product every day to help manage their business. Although known many decades for durable time recorders or "punch clocks" and institutional wall clocks, Lathem is now as well known for biometric advancements such as face recognition for automated employee time, attendance and access control. Other products include electro-mechanical time clocks, innovative data collection terminals, software, wireless & synchronized wall clocks and user-installable security door locks. Lathem's products now span the three categories that matter most to running a small business today.
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Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we are one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of time keeping products for business. We specialize in time and attendance solutions and synchronized clock systems. Our company is proud to celebrate its 95th anniversary as a family-owned and operated US manufacturer. More than 300,000 companies worldwide utilize our products every day to help manage their business.
In 1919, when George Lathem and his son, Louie Sr., began selling time clocks, factories were one of the few markets for time clocks and night watchman patrol clocks. The Lathems traveled by train throughout the Southeast, getting off at whistle stops and looking for the telltale smokestacks of a potential new customer.
The expansion of the time clock market began with the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938, requiring accurate time records. Increasing wage scales further added to this growing market. Following World War II, the Lathems resigned their sales relationship with another manufacturer and began selling war surplus machines while developing their first Lathem product.
At about the same time, Harrison Hooper joined the Lathem’s team. He became the engineering power at Lathem in the early years and helped develop Lathem’s first time clock. In 1947, Louie P. Lathem, Jr., joined the business; the same year that Lathem developed its first security time clock – the Series 76 Lathem Watchman Clock, named for the company’s first address, 76 Spring Street. Over the next 10 years, Lathem began building a network of independent office supply and machine dealerships that today stretch worldwide.
In the 1980s, the legacy of Lathem management was ceded to the next generation of the Lathem and Hooper families with the death of Harrison Hooper and the retirement of Louie Lathem. With the promise to carry on the Lathem tradition of highest quality and excellent customer service, Bill Lathem became the Chief Executive Officer and Ann Hooper became the Chief Financial Officer.