Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
J4 THE IFIHBRIDGE HERAID Saturday, Mnrtti J5, 1972 Ducan Industries expands 's a lot of thread, material Jiy JIM MAYIUK Hcrnlil Stuff Writer So you tJiitik you're a .scam stiv.ss? Do yon t h i n k you'll go through 200JHK1 yards of zipper thus year? Or '2'2 miUifin yards of trans p-art'iit nylon thread enoiii'I) to strvti'h half aruiuul tho oartli? Or yards of material for draper- ies, cushion rovers ;md funii turc covering? Or fivo million feet o! focun rublxT for mattresses, cttsJiions and furniture pad- fling? Or eoo.OOU board feet of Jumbor and spring for (he basic construction of cJies- terfields ,ind chairs? No? Well, don't feel had, There's rot rnany in Canada who go i through that much thread, ma-? terial, and rub- ber. D u c u n Industries Lid. of Lclhbridgo does, liowcver. And it takes 45 sewing ma- chines phis alt isorts of olher equipment to put everything to- gother. It also requires a staff of 125 (half of are wo men "i with an annual payroll of to do the job. fiver hear of a sewing rtia- ehuio Ducan has one. It's called a quilt w. II uses 50 or more needles to stitch and sandwich print mat- erial to foam rubber io :i cheesecloth backing. Then litre's another ordin- iy-looking sewing machine op- erufed by a woman at a stool which sews two pieces of mat- erial to u zipjwr at the rate of J.500 yards a day. Tlie macliine costs wl in t-athbridge in 1954 by Peter Pnstoor and his father, n( llio old prisoner of camp. Tlicy made tarpaulins, awnings, tents and swatter can- vases, and made canvas re- pairs. In 1057 tlw company started selling farm equipment can- vases to the farm equipment maiiufacUiivrs in Kastem Can- ada and the U.S. rn JB66 Dncan purchased De Woodworking ope ra lioiu at 2nd Ave. and .12nd St. N ami started diversifying bj niaiiufaclurijig cushions a n t draperies for travel trailers. The firm's first contract with Prdniilt Industries Ltd. of later expanding to ___ Manufacturing, In 10GD Ducan decided to eon- But, Jet's star I at the begin- i solidate its operalions and pur- ug. 1 chased tlie former city stores Duean Canvas Co. was start-' complex which hod to be reno- yl'VV ridge, Ducan has the largest fabric inventory in Western Canada, carrying every t hi n g from cheesecloth to jacquard and crushed velvet used for lolsterirg furniture. In 1970 Ducan bought out Flexa-Hoppers Ltd. at the air- port. It now operates three lufts a day, manufacturing jrain hoppers and water tanks or travel trailers. The water tanks, ranging in size from 12 to 40 gallons, arc old to every trailer niaimfac- urer in Western Canada and are breaking into the Eastern Canada market. That year also saw the open- ng of a plant near London, Ont. Draperies and ciLshion cov- rs made here are shipped to he eastern plant for distribu- tor! in the east. The ilant, with a staff of seven, ilso inserts the foam in the cu- hion covers. Tlte company operates three tractors and live trailers winch haul product west and east and return materials, sudi as fabrics made in Montreal, to tho tattibiidgc plant. In 1971, tho demand for tra- vel trailer cushions was exceed- i n g production Duuan sold out its canvas oper- ations to a Winnipeg firm and CXpandcd ifi OitiCV iic'ria. A peak employment of 154 that year, is also expected to be reached Uiis year. Ducan now supplies 90 per cunt of Western Canada's travel trailer cusJuons and more than 50 per cent of Eastern Canada's travel trailer cushions. The majority of Western Ca- nadian mobile homo manufac- turers are now supplied with Ducan's quality draperies and furniture. Company sales last year in- creased 40 per cent over largely in draperies and travel trailer cushions. "Ous year's sales are expected to double those of last year a "fair" growth rat e in any busines s- num's language. Tlus Ls the first year for Ducan in the retail furniture business and in tha manufac- ture of throw cusluoiia. Cush- ions still are in the design and prototype stages. Ducan is the largest user of foam rubber in Western Can- ada. The company goes three rail cars of foam rubber week. The foam comes in buns about 10 feet long by five feet wide and tliree feet high, weigh- ing slightly less than 200 pounds each and costing about a sun. Special vertical and horizon- tal handsaws cut tho buns to the desired sizes. In case you got lost through the story about what Ducan In- dustries manufactures, here's a summary: drapes, cusliions and water tanks for travel trail- ers; drapes and upholstered furni t ui e for mobile homes; flexibio grain hoppers; uphoN stored furniture for houses; and now, tlirow cushions. The future is bright in the recreation vehicle and mobile ho me f [elds, It is also bright for this Lethbridge in Local firms The Department of Man- power and Immigration has announced t lie award in g of grants totalling to four Lethbridge einp loyers under tile Canada Manpower Train- ing on the Job Program, The funds will assist in train- Ing 13 presently imercployed LeUibridge res irtc-nis. Western Truck Body Manu- facturing Ltd. will receive get 000 to train eight truck body builders; West Winds Construc- tors Ltd., to train three pipelayers; D. A. Martin ami Associates, Io train a surveyor; and Lethbridge Min- ers' Library, ?BOO to train a secretary-bookkeeper. SAND GRAVEL ASPHALT TOLLESTRUP SAND AND GRAVEL Construction Co. Lid. PHONE 328-2702-327-3610 Noon concert Tho University of Letnbridge Choir will present a noon-hour concert under the director of Professor George Skipworth at p.m. Tuesday at the new lecture theatre, Room E690. The clioir nil! sing some ol the music fo be given at the spring concert at the Yates Memorial Centre April 5. A feature of the recital will be choral works of several 20th century composers including Jean Berger. Stravinski and Vaughan Williams. Admission is free. CURRIE'S FINE FOODS IEATS II and Fresh Produce OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK A.M. TO P.M. 1516 9th Ave. S. BETWEEN THE TWO HOSPITALS QUILT-MAKER Ducan employee th reads one of needles being usnd Irt automatic quilter which stitches pattern material to foam cushioning to cheesecloth backing. Spools of thread are suspended above machine. WEEKEND ART SHOW and SALE OVER 300 ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS by OUTSTANDING CANADIAN and EUROPEAN ARTISTS Featuring landscapes, Ureel scenes, still life, portraits, modern and jemi modem art PRICES REDUCED FROM 25% to 65% from 19.95 and up Inducting Ihe frams of your choice Exhibition Sfarts Sat., Mar. 25th 10 a.m. 10 p.m. and continues Mar. 26th 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. GENERAL GRANT ROOM EL RANCHO MOTOR HOTEL Mayor Maoralh Drive----Phone 327-5701 FAST CUTTING Tony Von Dyk, when culling a pal- tern, doesn't cut just one piece of material. Here he cuts 40 pieces at ihe same lime for travel trailer bunk bed mattresses. by Ed Finlay We dim to SERVE you better! Lcist week we mailed cheques lo claimanls, Some came back unde- livered to Colgury office. Have you changed your address and not told us? If so, do it now. For information conlatf Jocol Unemployment Insurance office. 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