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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, January 13, 1973- Lokina Industries Ltd. Recreation vehicle construction and repair in south By JIM MAYBIE of The Herald When a person's mobile home or trsvel tracer is damaged, ivnere does he go for repairs? Or when a person wants a recreation vehicle such as a trailer, camper or conversion van aEd hasn't been able to fL-xJ exactly what he wanes, wh can he do? He csn try Lokm.3 Industries Ltd. en the Picture Bulle high- vay. south of the Highway 3 interchange. The firm is owned and oper- ated by Lohka. After IB years with Prebuilt where he wwked his way from cabinet maker to foreman to salesman, he decided in 1969 to go into business for himself. The firm repairs mobile homes, travel trailers and other recreation vehicles in a radius of 100 miles of Lethbridge. 11 custom builds cam pers. campereiies. trailers, motor hones, removable ch a s s is mounts, fifth wheel trailers, col- or-versions "jd truck to nune a The v.'ree': L> rsp- ue. Mr Lohks said ir. EU 5peakers in a camper. Wires were enclosed in the wall. ''If we can't be proud of our work and in what we build, then we won't build it." Another secret of the firm's success is service, personal ser- vice. The quality of product arx3 sen-ice, the firm's concern in satisfying its customers has helped the firm realize a sub- stantial yearly increase in bus- iness. "A satisfied customer is the best advertising there is." The price of a custom-made unit is not as hish as some people tend to think. Mr. Lohka said. "Our travel trailers, for example, would cost about the same as any middle-priced travel trailer manufactured lor mass sales. "One advantage of a custom- made unit is that the cus- tomer gets exactly what he wants. "One has to pay for quality but oce also ber.enU by buying quality. He recced hcr.v a car- ryjig one of Ly-cna carr.p- ers crashed ir.lo s ditch. Li-rn: is tetter, the can the ct'jcler bucking up ir.ey are ecisy to manoeuvre. he dM a? he observed a goc-fe- rec'i his firm is building fcr a cur.orr.tT. are at- tached to a he or three quarter-ton t-jck in v.hlch the coupler is rnour.'cd. jlr. Lohka takes pride in the quality of his firm's and the uTiits il manufactures. "Our main cncem is vriih people. The big rnsnirzetiirer concern- ed with peoole. It builds its units and delivers rhem to the dealer who sells them. Th e y never see the customer. "Here we see the customer. The customer drops in and wstches his unit progress. He knows the quality of workman- ship from the bottom up. If he wants to make a change in something we try to accommo- date him." He pointed to ihe stereo Wir.d in psr: cf ccun- try causes a Ic-; of :o mcolJe homes, travel trailers and Sr. Lolika 5.vd. Hail takes share ico. Then there's ahvays someone crash- trig a car or truck into a mobile or travel Lokma repairs many such damages. Someuir.05 it takes a long tir-e for mar.ufactarers to send the righ: ec'.dzment. especially if the unit is old. he said, and this is a constant source of frustration. This is where he sets wi.h the ettitudes of some rr.ir-u- Oiie told him. We just irari'J'a-jture them. We're no: tr.e business of repair- ir.g. Vou'il have to wait unfc] T.-e get roEcy 10 serd you the parts." The quiet spoken pertleman. scratching behind the ear of his dog Schr-sps. then discusses construction of a combination snov.Tnobile trailer living quarters. CUSTOM CAMBER Thfs once a school bus. fls owner took it to Lokma Irdus- frrts and said he wanted it lurned into a family camper. The bus owrw and Henry lohka, head of ihe company, worked out some plans which would fit into the bus own- er's budget. The former bus now is a comfortable mofor home ol a fraction of the ccst of a fcctcry-manufcciured camper. CUSTOM BUILDERS An employee of Ukma Industries sfrjcture which will be part of a custom bul; truck camper. com per 5 traii-ers, rroior homes, van convenors and s kinds repairs lo recrealion veh cles, Besides cus s. ihe fi loucVies lorn a Eastern Irrigation District to change By JOE BALLA of The Herald 173 coo-acre Essfpm Irri- District, centred at an important part of the economy of Southern Aiber- ta. is to undergo some major ch It is e.tpected to lead to a doubling of the flood ar.d sprin- kler screEgc througt.out the dis- trict, according to Roy VThite, msnager of the district. The sddi Li OTJ 1 undo-r.n brings to be a joir.t bo- taeen the itdc-rE-i and cisl the and Ducks Unlimited Ltd. One of the rthabiliia- fcon projects proposed for the project is UK rebuild- ir.g of the 12-Mi'e Err! Bar'_ry Drzi.T5. The drsins are resror-sibie :or Tilley dii- tric: and a sizeable acreage of that have taken over. Ths EID feels that if it lowers 12-Mile Lake by eight feet, a good drainage can be attair.ed. Scheduled for rehabilJtacioo under the program are: Rebuilding of the Asteiope Creek Spillway. Replacing the turnout at iN? end of Lake Newell into the Rolling Hills Reservcir. P.obuilding the sis 11- u-av into Lake Ne'.'-'cil from the M2i-i CiML Total allocation for this Is about OnJy on the Tillc-y B.1 con- ficn'oUoa haj any money h-cc-n Some 000 beer. 5per.t and one- tbird of Tilloy 2 Oi-ojcCi has been completed. This project ir- vcives 2 dam. ard includes J500.000 from UnlLmiied. It will reclaim about 10.COO acres o; imgnble laiwi arid im- prove waterfowl habitat in the district. The EID now ha5 some 35.000 seres ot ilx-ded grassland suit- able for This in- cludes acres at LaJie Newell. The manager says 4.- OCO acre; 01 -.ve'lar-d To-xX-G Lrea Ire apjurid Til- k-y. The Dscn ard Rrwjks A cc" most capiuil in EFD. are d-je for re- pairs LT.C rear future. The Bassano Dam will re- quire '-o J5 aEd the aaueduct E2 to SG r.iillion. Mr. White says the EID "is s'Jll that it will re- c-eive from senior levels of government especi- ally on capital works." Bo'-h eovernments have been ?ympa- ihecic towards iho future of irri- gation in Alberta. LaiKi and systems are among the largest contributors to the Lit-vascd acreage in irrigation. ''Sunnk- ".trs the ssys Mr. White. ihoy cki noi cesiroy -.he soil prrrfile iliere is a rr.uch of a cim- :oss in Orae rariclier in ihe district has acres under sprinklers tiis year is Iwkiag 20 This t ons p r ere i 1 r. v.iil be CITD. The EID's board of have for the future irrigarion in the EID. Water owned ly 99 per cent erf the land at ume they took the cctnpany nearly 37 aeo. Vnder the original capi- tal corsirucUon VVITC S50 per acre. .Alter the Secood World War the federal Govern- ment paid S3XI per acre- for the Hay.: Project aixi charted the va'or ib'or 510 p-er aero Th-? EID is pbrirx abli? on the prvxTj-jiicn of alfalfa forage aixi It's 75.000 ECTOF '.v de- to ailalja in Tliis is an iDorcase erf 10 ooo Gcrea ccce ;