Top Workplaces 2022

No. 3 large Top Workplace 2022: Intralox revolutionized manufacturing while sharing success with employees

Intralox, which manufactures conveyor belt products and equipment that have revolutionized the automotive, food, consumer goods and industrial industries, boasts a storied history of innovation.

The Louisiana-based company was founded by the late James Martial “J.M.” Lapeyre, who filed a patent for the world’s first automatic shrimp-peeling machine in the 1940s. Later, to more efficiently load the crustaceans into the machinery, he patented a plastic, modular conveyor belt, one of his nearly 200 U.S. and international patents.


And those conveyors are used in warehouses around the world, including in the Baltimore region, where Intralox first established a presence in 2007 with 30 workers. It now employs more than 500 at a 230,000-square-foot facility near BWI Marshall Airport, which it opened in 2019, and a 310,000-square-foot facility at Tradepoint Atlantic in Sparrows Point that opened this year.

“Another exciting expansion in Baltimore is not only attributed to the global growth in e-commerce and parcel-handling, but should also be attributed to the hard work and innovation of our people,” said Derek Lester, manager of Intralox’s Logistics & Material Handling business unit. “We look forward to growing our team in the Baltimore area.”


For more than 30 years, Intralox has offered a production and profit-sharing incentive program to align employees with its goals through the mutual benefits of shared success, said Henry DeTitta, a human resources manager at the firm.

“Our culture is built around a philosophy that values ideas, teamwork, effort and self-management, and our employees’ belief that by practicing these together, we will not only be better as a company, but better individually,” DeTitta said.

The new Tradepoint location features employee perks such as a state-of-the-art health and wellness center staffed by health care professionals. There are also fitness opportunities and challenges for employees: basketball, football, weightlifting and even cornhole competitions.

Intralox manufactures conveyor belt products and equipment that have revolutionized the automotive, food, consumer goods and industrial industries.

Although the pandemic has meant fewer in-person gatherings, the company has hosted employee-appreciation activities complete with catered lunch, karaoke, bingo and other games. Pre-COVID, there was a family day, which the company hopes to reinstitute next year.

Bobby Pedigo, an operations manager who’s spent nearly 15 years with Intralox, appreciates its overall philosophy, founded on the idea of continuous improvement.

“We do really challenging things here every day, and we encourage our employees and give them the tools to focus on getting better every single day to achieve their goals,” Pedigo said.