Michael (Mike) Lanigan began his career with Mi-Jack Products in 1973 when he was sent to Indianapolis, Indiana to establish and grow a new construction equipment division for the company. After a successful 12 years building Mi-Jack’s C.E. division into the Midwest’s largest Aerial Lift Equipment Distributor with 8 facilities throughout Middle America, he returned to Chicago as Executive Vice President. In 1989 Mike accepted the position of President of Mi-Jack.
During his tenure as President, Mike along with his brothers, Jack, Bill and Dan have not only solidified their core business by entrenching Mi-Jack as America’s premiere RTG crane manufacturer and the nation’s leading supplier of intermodal lift equipment, he has also looked to the international business scene for opportunities to utilize his business skills to grow Mi-Jack beyond its U.S. customer base.
In 1994, Mi-Jack was one of the first private companies to be awarded a 25-year concession from the Argentine government to upgrade and operate the Port of Buenos Aries in Argentina.
In 1998, Mi-Jack was awarded a 50-year concession from the Panamanian government to rebuild and operate the trans-continental Panama Canal Railway. Renovations were complete in 2000 establishing the Panama Canal Railway as the most modern railway in the western hemisphere. In addition to moving containerized freight from the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, the railway is a viable commuter transportation provider and one of the country’s most popular tourist excursions, handling some 8,000 guests per month.