President, Ken Lantis, was born and raised in the heartland of America. Self-described as ‘just a little boy from Sioux City, Iowa’, he was literally born into the fireworks industry.
In 1975, Ken and his wife Christine settled in the Salt Lake City area.
Seeing an opportunity to expand into the professional fireworks display market, they started their own professional fireworks display company.
Founded on the core principal of safety, both for the public and his employees, Ken has been a fireworks industry leader for well over 40 years.
Achievements & Innovations
Ken Lantis was instrumental in working with Utah lawmakers to help establish legislation resulting in the Utah State Pyrotechnician’s Licensing program. He developed and implemented Utah’s first private safety training program for pyrotechnicians with the help of the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) and the approval of the Utah State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Initially starting in Utah, Lantis Productions, Inc. has since expanded its operations to include production shows and pyrotechnician safety training classes in Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.
Lantis Fireworks continues to hold pyrotechnics safety training classes throughout their territory. Willingness to learn and be safety conscious is the only price of attendance. Ken believes that whether the attendees work for Lantis or not, a well-trained safety-minded pyro is an asset to the industry as a whole and is more important than who writes the pyro his paycheck.
Christmas in the Nighttime Sky
What was once a dream of Ken Lantis’ and a few friends to bring communities together to celebrate the reasons for the season, and to help those who need it most, has evolved into a 25-year annual event entitled “Christmas in the Nighttime Sky.”
Every year around Thanksgiving, hundreds of families join together in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, and Nevada to celebrate the holidays with traditional caroling, festive food and beverage.
Although every part of this celebration is special in its own right, it’s the arrival of Santa to gather all the donated gifts from the participants that are then delivered to the areas’ less fortunate children and families – which is the crowning event and highlight of the celebration.