Republic Lagun From The Beginning
Our industrial production life began prior to World War II in a small machine shop in northern Spain with 15 employees. The first machine built was a bench-type hand mill. Through the years many other models of milling machines and engine lathes have been added to our product line. We first introduced our products into the American market in 1960, shipping machines to importer, who then sold our machines under their trade name.
In 1965, we had a major expansion of our Spanish organization with a merger of other machine tool builders in Spain. It was decided by all concerned to establish an independent American organization. In 1968 Republic Machinery Company, Inc., was established in the State of California. In 1972 we became known as Republic Lagun Machine Tool Company.
To branch out and build CNC machines, Republic Lagun CNC Corporation opened in 1978, particularly targeting government agencies. We then started building explosion-proof machines for the Department of Defense. Using Spanish castings and adding more than 60% American components such as CNC controllers, ball screws, electronic components, special electrics and engineering, we were able to comply with “Built in America” standards.
The products subsequently evolved to more commercial and industrial applications including aircraft/aerospace, automobile, mold and die shops, electronics, construction, and mining.
In 1997 the three main Spanish factories consolidated into a new company under the name Goratu Group. This merger gave the organization a broad range of possibilities, including the following: expanding its Research and Development departments, commercialization channels, and product range.
In 1998 we began representing the Zayer Company (also from Northern Spain) and their fine line of CNC milling machines in North America. The Zayer Company line of machinery includes CNC controlled bridge and gantry machines.
In 2000 we introduced a high precision, column type, automatic and CNC surface grinders to the American market. These machines are manufactured in central Germany by Giebel and Hotz, the former builders the Elb grinders. Due to the acceptance of their products in the world market, our working force has grown to over 500 employees. Today our success is seen in more than 45,000 vertical mills installed throughout the United States alone. We offer not only our machines, but also accessories and a complete line of the most desirable tools on the market at competitive prices.
It is our firm commitment to give quality and value along with dependable service, today and always. We stock over $3 million in parts and accessories. Proud customers owning a 30 year old Lagun vertical mill know that the parts they need to keep them running are readily available from our stock inventory.
Republic Lagun; Built Stronger…Last Longer!