Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
TheUthbridgeHeciU VOL. 1 NO. 21 TUESDAY. JANUARY 9, 1973 Leiiibridge Tool and Die Works Precision ivork through local firm By JIM MAYBJE of The Herald Industry besets Industry. as the city's industrial base p-ovrs, Lethbridge Tool and Die Worts Ltd. in the in- dustrial park also develops. From a meagre beginning two years ago with a staff of two. the Hnn has grown to a staff of five and recently had to expand its facilities at 2412 5th Ave. N. P.O. Bos S72 to a growing work load. A tool and die wrrks is a specialized business involved in the manufacture of tools to stamp pans out of metal. That is an extremely simplified def- inition of the work performed by Lethbridge Tool and Die. The firm was established by John Prury in April. 1970, two years after he arrived in Leth- bridge from his native England where he was responsible for the tool and die requirements of a computer firm. The firm has saved local in- dividuals and industry thous- ands of dollars. Parts and tools which formerly were made in the U.S. or Eastern Canada can now be msde locally at a sub- stantial saving. "Not only are we cheaper, but we're also faster on deliv- ery." said Mr. Leih- Too! is the only tool and die works south of Calgary and is the only machinist business in iho industrial park. The firm's work is not just a boon locally. It has manufac- tured tools and equipment for firms as far away as Winnipeg and has snaked away work from similar firms in Calgary. During an interivew. Mr. Parry showed a motorized gear which had some broken teeth. A Calgary tool and die works wanted to repair it. Mr. Tarry said be would be able to do it for aboin K15. The firm does a considerable smitLii of for Electric, manufacturing special tools TO aid in telephone con- struction. Equipment previous- ly came from Brockville. Truss Joist itt'cscmi Ltd. of nrirasho'.rr. ncnr has Lethbridge Tool ard mainiain equip- mei- for operation. Tool 2 tool rnd nrivy.icre brackets and clips for Mir.uie Muf- fliT. which formerly had 10 oJ> Lii1.; :ho items from California. A tool was made for IXL Industries of Winnipeg to produce pant eight-inch bricks. IXL previously obtains its brick molds from the U.S. They saved 54.000 on the one said Mr. Parry, by Lethbridge Trol make it. The tool, designed and built by Lethbridge Tod, was the biggest job the local firm has undertaken to ria'e. Lethbridge Tool also makes all the tools used by Lethbridge Concrete Products for its brick manufacturing. It does precision machining for Foremost Tracked Vehicles of Calgary whicu produces tracked vehicles for export ta Russia and Arabia and for local markets. Included is a contract for a year's supply of a drive azle. "It's the toughest steel we've ever said Mr. Parry. The work was pre- viously done by a Calgary com- pany. The 2400-square-foot shop con- tains S45.000 worth of precision equipment. A four ton shaping machine chugs back and forth m a horizontal position planing or grooving flat plates of steel. It can slice off three-sbrteenths oE an inch of steel or as little as .005 of an inch. An extremely versatile verti- cal mil ling machine is used mostly for tool making work. It is sort of a lathe router drill- press which can work at 100 different angles, all rolled into one. A horizontal universal milling machine operates by itself after being set up with a S65 cutter, trimming away excess material on the end of a steel bar. An oil-water coolant which runs continuously over the cutting portion protects the cutter. Three metal lathes small, medium and large can turn material up to 60 inches long from one-quarter to 25 inches in diameter. During the interview V-roUers were being turned for Maverick Trailers of Fon Mac- leod. Another meiaJ lathe, which will turn material 26 inches by 120 inches long, is on order. A horizontal steel cutting handsaw with sprayed coolant was busy cutting ihe Y-roiler blanks "from a j.000-pound. inch thick, 20-foot long steel bar. A four-ton stamping press, in which tools and dies are af- fixed, punches round, square or rectancjior holes in up TO half an inch thick or forms metal parts to various The press exerts up to 70 tcr.s o; procure ca the object being formed or punched. LorhbiSdce Tool manui'se'.iires formed washers and stool plates for large wooden reels manu- factured by R and R Lumber Ltd. of the 'Pass. The cable reels are shipped across Can- ada and the L'.S. Other plant equipment In- cludes a tool and cutter grind- er, on which a special cutter was made to make new teeth for the motorized wheelchair GROWING INDUSTRY As ths city's in dustry grows, so dees Lethbridge Tool Die Works Ltd. in "he industrial park. Above 15 owner John Parry at f cur-ton stomp press and shaper, one of many pieces of equipment in Southern Albsr'a's tool crd dre works, lethbridge Tool started the firs; of r-SIs month monuTacrurino hydraulic which formely to be imported lo Aibsrta frcm iKs US. or Eastern Canoda. gear and an eloo grinder. adverJM-: ?elf as general and precision of ji cs. fiNTures. tool and ciUv. and siid mold- ing. The does repairs ;or in- and business in south ranglr.p r.i farm nu- chinOTY fixing of a den- tist's drill and a movie camera to a donut-making machine. Among the more exacting work, Ijethbridge Tool Ivas mude tools for Automatic Elec- tric requiring a tolerance oi .005 of an inch. Parry was looking to the future expansion of Lethbridge industry when he ?ct up ?hop horc. Moore Ferris. lion 2 1 -.nil ly ixhcr. L-.L; .1 :ool and first ihis cylinders, to e in up :o ier.crh. are lo bo- cor.ie 'oillness foe LcLV rt-ll is iii 'the SS5.CW SS5.WO bracket: trross in the rs.OOO SHW.WQ bracket: busi- ness tax and licence Sllf spends about for local supplies and sen-ices. Most of its metal and tools come from Calgary. The firm started manufactur- ing hydraulic cylinders o r ilw or V.S. h.-.s .1 of tor cylL-incrs. Eniploy- nieni is exix-c-'.ed to as demand for the cylinders in- crease and the product gets beUer kncnvn. Any large produrfion com- pany, such as a farm machin- ery manufacturer or car manu- facturer, would be a big help to the growing Lethbridge Tool and die company.