Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
November THt HERALD JVo. 1 manufacturing series China choppers is big business in city B.v JIM MAYHI15 of The Herald The production of artificial dentures is no small business in Lethbridge. The seven public nnd 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 time for an annual payroll of capital investment totals taxes and li- cences cost cost of local supplies and services is about and rented premises cover square feet. Following are some details on individual city denture clin- ics ?nd labs. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC, 222 5th St. S., provides artificial dentures directly to I he public only. The business was established by Art Dietrich in 1959. He has been in the denture business 16 years now. He has one full-time employ- ee, annual payroll is in the bracket, gross sales in Ihe bracket, IK spends annually on local supplies and services, operates mil of 800 square feet of rented main floor premises and has about in capital invest- ment. As most of the manufaclur- materials come from Cal- gary and the U.S.. Mr. Dietrich would like lo see a dental supply house locate in the city. His dentures have been dis- tribuled from Victoria lo New- foundland, he says. III.ACK DRNTAL I.ABOKA- TOKIES. Medical Dental Build- ing, 430 7th SI. S.. manufac- tures and repairs artificial den- lures for dentists and the pub- lic. II is owned and operated by fliff Black who started the busi- ness in 1945 after being dis- charged from the army where be was a dental mechanic. He operates in 300 square feet of rented space, has in capital investment, spends about a year for local supplies and services, pays business tax. Gross sales in 1072 are estimated in the bracket. Majority of materials teeth, wax. gold, equipment are imported from the U.S. He feels a dental supply house could make a go in Leth- bridge. niKTRK'II DENTL'HE CLIN- IC. No. 8, 304 5th St. S., is owned by Ross Hosack who op- erates the business with one full time employee and one parl-time. Mr. Hosack look his dental mechanic's coiu-sc at the North- ern Alberta Institute of Tech- nology in 19M, apprenticed in received his licence and purchased the Leth- bridge business from Walter Dietrich who moved to (he west coast in Dietrich Denture Clinic srrvcs Ihe public only, produc- ing artificial dentures, relining and repairing. Annual payroll and capital in- vestment are in tire bracket, gross sales in Ihe bracket, an esti- mated is spenl annually on local supplies and services, rented premises cover an esti- led 900 square feel. Cily tax and licence cost Materials are purchased lo rally, in Calgary and Edmon- ton. Products are distributed in pays a year for local sup- plies and services, and operates in 350 square feet of rented premises. Fabrication materials are supplied from the U.S. and lo- cally. Product is distributed in southern Alberta and B.C. Mr. Matheson said if a dental sup- ply house were to locate in Lethbridge it would be of defi- nite asistance to local dental labs and clinics. Set of artificial dentures in the making southern Alberta, the 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 be a definile advantage to local denture labs and clinics. VOX I.ICTHBItUXiK DEN- TAL LABORATORY LTD.. 204 Medical Dental Building, was started in Lelhbridge in 1922 by George Fox. Son Earle, the 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 ;m ap- prentice. In the early days the Kox lab was (he big one in the cily with a staff of eight. II now has three full-lime workers, including Earle Fox and one part-lime for an annu- al payroll in the bracket. Gross sales in 1972 arc estimated in the bracket. Capital investment is between and Most materials for manufactur- ing arc supplied Iron) Calgary and Winnipeg with about being spent for local supplies and services. The firm, which serves den- tists and the public, operates in 800 square feet of rented pre- mises. Municipal taxes in 1972 were A denial acrylics manufac- turer and a manufacturer of leeth would be an asset to the local profession if they were to locate in Lethbridge, Mr. Fox says. PRECISION DENTAL I.AB- 01IATORIES. Gth St. S., fabricialcs artificial dentures for dentists only, says manager Matt Malhe.son. The only direct dealings the firm has with the public is for occasional repairs lo dentures. The firm is owned by Mark Ando who started in business 10 years ago after arriving in Canada from Japan. Precision head office is in Vancouver and branch offices are located in Calgary, Edmonton and Leth- bridge. Precision has a staff of about 40 in each of the Calgary and Vancwivcr branches and three each in the Lethbridge and Edmonton branches. The Lethbridge branch was opened in 19G7 in its present premises. Precision in Lethbridge has an annual payroll in Ihe bracket, gross sales in the bracket, cap- ital investment of pays business lax and licence of SS7. QUALITY DENTURE 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 business in 1969 after working with dentures professionally for 12 years. The name, says the violinist, designates the type of work he does and also fits nice- ly with Quality Records, for whom he records. He operates in 250 square feel of rented space, has in c a p i I a 1 investment, spends about a year for local supplies and services, pays business tax. Gross sales are in Ihe bracket. Majority of materials used are supplied from Calgary and Edmonton. A local dental supply house would aid his business. SOUTHERN DENTAL LAB- ORATORY. 212 W o o 1 worth Building, is owned by Boris Snyder who started in Ihe den- ture business in Austria in 1941. He worked in a Lelhbridge dental lab from 1949 to 1953 when he opened Southern. For awhile it xvas a one-man firm. It now has two full-time em- ployees besides Mr. Snyder and a part-lime employee. The firm manufactures arti- ficial dentures for the denial profession only. Gross sales Hiis year will be in the to brack- et, payroll in the bracket, capital investment is Ihe rented lab has 2li square feet, business tax is S110. Majority of materials for tlie 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 Leth- bridge would be a welcome ad- dition to his profession. A den- tal technical school in Letii- bridge or in Calgary is some- Ihing thai is badly, needed in Alberta, he says. It is some- thing the Lethbridge Commun- ity College might be interested in investigating. Calgary might be a better place for such a school because of the larger labs where students could gain practical experience. 1973 hog prices to be high Since domestic hog market- ings arc expected lo come close to domestic demand, prices will have lo increase by enough to curtail pork exports. Jl is quite possible that early in prices could reach the highest level recorded for sev- eral years, says Hoy Hurnnnen, marketing economist with the Alberto department of agricul- ture. lie explains that much of the initial strength in Canadian hog prices has resulted di.-edly from lower production in the United States. He also reports that Canadian hop producers, especially in Western Canadat indicated that they are cutting back on their farrowing intentions despite tire greatly imp-oved hog pi-ices that have prevailed during the last year. Hog marketings for 1972 have dropped by six per cent so far, and are expected to 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 year, which is an increase of 42 per cent over the same period a year ago. Pork exports to the United Stales arc a( the same level as lost year, with most of the increase in exports lo Japan.