Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
November 21, THE LETHS'IDGE HERALD No. 1 in manufacluring scries China choppers is big business in city n.v JIM MAYIHI5 of The Herald The production of artificial dentures is no small business in Lelhbridge. The seven public and profes- sional (serving dentists only) laboratories and clinics in the city anticipate 1972 sales of al- most employ 15 per- sons full time and three part lime for an annual payroll of capital investment totals taxes and li- cences cost cost o( local supplies and sei vices is about and rented premises cover square feel. Following are some details on the individual city denture clin- ics ?nd labs. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC, 222 5th St. S., provides nitilicial dentures directly to I he public only. The business was established by Art Dietrich in 1953. He has been in the denture business 16 years now. He has one full-time employ- ee, annual payroll is in the JO- bracket, gross sales in the bracket, he spends annually on local supplies and services, operates mil of 800 square feel of rented main floor premises and has about in capital invest- ment. As most of I lie maiiufaclur- Ing materials come from Cal- gary anrl tile U.S.. Mr. Dietrich would like to see a dental supply house locale in the city. His dentures have dis- Iribuled from Victoria lo New- foundland, he says. III.ACK I1ENTAL I.ABOHA- TOIUKS. Medical Dental Build- ing. 430 7th SI. S manufac- tures and repairs art'fic'inl den- tures for dentists and I he pub- lic. II is owned and operated by flift Black who slarlcd the busi- ness in 1345 after being dis- from the anny where be was a denial mechanic. lie nperales in 3GO square feet of i-cntccl space, has in investment, spends about a year for local supplies and services, pays business fax. Gross sales in 1972 are estimated in the bracket. Majority of materials twill, wax. gold, equipment are imported from the U.S. He feels a dental supply house could make a go in Lelh- bridge. DIKTRIC'll DKNTI'IIE CLIN- IC. No. (I, 301 5th St. S., is owned by Ross Hosack who op- erates the business with one full lime employee and one parl-fime. Mr. Hosaek look his dental mechanic's course at the North- ern Alberta Tnslilule of Tech- nology in apprenticed in ICdmonlon, received bis licence and purchased the Leth- bridge business from Waller Dk'lricb who moved to the west mast in Dietrich Denture f 1 i n i r .serves the public only, produc- ing artificial donlures, relininp ;nul repairing. Annual payroll and capital in- vcMmcnl are in Hie bracket, gross sales in the JIS.OWI-SM.OOO bracket, an esti- mated is spcnl annually on local supplies and services, renled premises cover an esti- )od 900 square feel. Oily tax licence cost Materials are purchased lo- ritlly, in Calgary and Kdmon- lon. Products :tro distributed in Set of artificial dentures in the making southern Alberta, Hiu U.S. and B.C. Mr. Hosack- says a dental supply house in Lelhbridge, even one operated as a sideline by one of the professional labs, would Ire a definile advantage lo local denture labs and clinics. VOX l.lCTlimilDGK lll'.N- TA1. 1.AI1OI1ATORY LTD.. 201 Medical Denial Building, was started in LelbbridEe in 1922 by George Fox. Son Earle, Ihc present own- er, worked in the lab for a cou- ple of years before joining the air force. He served for five years, was discharged in 19-14 and joined his father as an ap- prentice. In the early days Ibp Fox lab was the big one in the city with a staff of eight. It now has three Full-lime workei-s, including Earle Fnx and one part-lime for an annu- al payroll in the bracket. Gross sales in 1972 arc estimated iu the .W.OOO-JiiO.OOO bracket. Capital investment is between and Most materials for manufactur- ing are supplied from Calgary and Winnipeg with about being spenl for local supplies and services. The firm, which serves den- tists and Hie public, operates i'l 800 square feel of rented pre- mises. Municipal taxes in 1972 were ?I20. A denial acrylics manufac- turer and a manufacturer of Icetb would be an asscl to the local profession if they were lo locale in Lelhbridge, Mr. Fox says. each in the Lelhbridge and Edmonton branches. The Lcflihridge branch was opened in in its present premises. Precision in Lethbridge has an annual payroll in the SO- bracket, gross sales in the bracket, cap- ital investment of pays business lax and licence or SB7. pays a year for local sup- plies and services, and operates in 350 square feel of renled premises. Fabrication material'! are supplied from the U.S. and lo- cally. Product is distributed in southern Alberta and B.C. Mr. Malheson said if z dental sup- ply house were lo locate in IxMhbridge it would be of defi- nite asislance lo local dental labs and clinics. QUALITY nENTURIS CLIN- IC, No. 3, 324 5th St. S., manu- factures and repairs dentures for the public. It is owned and operated by Eddy Dietrich who started the bu.sir.ESS in 1969 after working with dentures professionally for 12 years. The name, says the violinist, designates the type ot work he does and also fits nice- ly with Quality Records, for whom he records. He operates in 2.50 square feet of rented space, hae in capital investment, spends about a year for local supplies and services, pays business tax. Gross sales are in I he bracket. Majority of materials used are supplied from Calgary and Edmonton. A local denial supplj house would aid his business. .SOUTHERN DENTAL LAB- ORATORY. 212 o o 1 worth Ruilding, is owned by Boris Snyder who started in (he den- lure business in Austria in 1-141. He worked in a Lelhbridge dental lab from 1949 lo 1933 when he opened Southern. For awhile it was a one-man firm. It now has two full-time em- ployees besides Mr. Snyrlcr and a part-lime employee. The firm manuJnc'.'ircs arti- ficial dentures for (be rJenJ.'tl profession only. Gross pales this year will be in the to brack- et, payroll in the So-? IS.000 bracket, capital inve-slmenl is Ihe rented lab lias 2li square feel, business lax is illO. Majority of malerials for Die denture manufacturing come from Calgary although about is spent annually for local supplies and services. Mr Snyder feels location of a dental supply house in Lelh- bridge would be a welcome ad- dilion to bis profession. A den- ial technical school in Lcth- bridge or in Calgary is some- Ihing thai is badly, needed in Albcrla. he says. II is some- thing Ihe Lethbridge Commun- ity College might be interested in investigating. Calgary might be a better place for such a rchool bccaiLsc of the larger labs where students could gain practical experience. 1973 hog pi-ices to be high I'lir.ci'sioN I.AK- :i2ia Gih St. s., fabriciatcs ;irtificial dentures for dentists only, says manager Malt Mnlhcson. The only dirccl dealings the firm has with the public is for occasional repairs In dentures. The (inn is owned by Mark Ando who slitrled in business ID years ago after arriving in Canada from Japan. Precision bead of fire is in Vancouver and branch offices are localed in Calgary, ftdmonlon and 1-clh bridge. Precision has a staff of about 40 in each of the Calgary and Vancwiver branches and three Since domestic market- ings arc expected lo come close to domestic demand, prices will hr.vc to increase by enough lo ciirlai) pork exports. Jl is quite possible that early in 1973 prices could reach the highest level recorded for sev- eral years, says Hoy Hurnancn, marketing economist with the AlbcrU department of agricul- ture. lie explains thai much of the initial strength in Canadian hog prices has resulted divectly from lower production In the United States. Ue also reports that Canadian hop producers, especially those in Western Canada, bave lixiimlcd that they are culling buck on their farrowing intentions despite the greatly imp-oved bog prices that have prevailed during the JasJ year Hog marketings for IJlTi have dnipjwd by six per cent so far, and are expected lo remain about six per cent below last year's level. Total Canadian pork exports were nearly 7ft million pounds for the first 29 weeks of this which is an increajc of 42 per cent over the same period a year ago. Pork exports to the I lulled Slat rs arc at (he pa me level as la.sl year, with most of the increase in exports In Japan.