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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, October JJ, 1971 TO LETHMIDGt HERALD 9 Board to hand out million OTTAWA (CP) The govern- on in the government fund to ment has appointed four deputy ministers, two businessmen and a labor consultant to the board that will hand out the mil- FOR RUSSIA Western Truck Body Manufacturing Co. Ltd. officially opened its Lethbridge plant this after- noon in the industrial park. Ed Filan, left, manager of the plant, and Matti Lehtiniemi, shop foreman, inspect a cab built in. the plant for Foremost Track Vehicles of Builds truck cabs., bodies, vans Calgary. The cab, when installed on a track vehicle, is one of several to be exported to Russia. The federal gov- ernment's incentive grant, which amounted to was partially responsible for the new plant establishing in Lethbridge. New manufacturing plant opens Western Truck Body Manu- facturing Co. Ltd., was offi- cially opened this afternoon in the city's industrial park. The firm, initally employing 16 men full-lime, is in the busi- ness of manufacturng indus- trial truck and tractor cabs, vans, service bodies, custom truck bodies, gas tanks, bump- ers, tool boxes and does re- lated repair work. Construction started on the cinder block building the latter part of June and the finishing touches were added this week. The building, located at 655 30th St. N., on five acres of fenced land, covers square feet. A mezzanine over part of the main work area provides square feet of light storage area, a staff lunchroom and bathroom faci- lities. An additional 900 square feet contains offices. The firm has about worth of equipment for cutting, bending, shaping and assem- bling sheet and angle steel. Other features of the plant include a 45-foot long paint shop with a 14-foot high door for servicing truck trailers and painting products manufac- tured in the plant proper. In another area of the plant is a 110-foot long bay for re- pairing tractor trailers under cover. The firm had its beginning 12 years ago with construction of a similar-sized plant in Ed- shop foreman. With the excep- G. H. BAXTER SON (1968) LTD. Would like to extend best wishes to Western Truck Body Mfg. Co. on their Grand Opening in Lethbridge It has been' our pleasure to do the plumbing work throughout the building Good Luck Western Truck Body Mfg. Co. THE STAFF OF HAMILTON FLOOR COVERINGS LTD. WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND THEIR BEST WISHES ON YOUR GRAND OPENING It has been our pleasure to do the carpeting and floor covering in the building monton. Partners are Ed and Don Filan, brothers, and Leo nd Rick Zelent, also brothers. The Edmonton plant has 30 mployees, a number which is oon expected to be reached or assed by the Lethbridge plant. The firm has a capital invest- ment in the two plants of 300. Gross sales this year hit and are expected to ex- ceed million next year. The Lethbridge plant will be serving an area from Calgary including Calgary) south to the U.S. border, east into Saskat- hcwan and west into B.C. Manager of the Lethbridge lant is Ed Filan, secretary- treasurer of the company. Srother Don is shop superinten- ent and Matti Lehtiniemi is Congratulations from WESTERN METAL FABRICATORS (1962) LTD. to Western Truck Body Mfg. Co. We would like to extend best wishes for a successful future in. Lethbridge. It has been our pleasure to do the structural steel and roof deck work on the new premises. Best of Luck to: WESTERN TRUCK BODY MANUFACTURING WE WERE VERY PLEASED TO BE CHOSEN TO INSTALL THE GARAGE DOORS AND THE ALUMINUM WINDOWS AND DOORS LETHBRIDGE Corner 5th Ave., 4th St. S. 327-1581 4-day week sought CALGARY (CP) City po- ice will seek a four-day, 36- lour work week when talks on he 1972 contract begin. The 630-man force would also ask for a 16-per-cent increase in wages that would boost the annual rate for a first-class constable to from 044. Sgt. Phil Crosby-Jones, presi- dent of the Calgary Police As- sociation, said the four-day week has been used by several U.S. forces and has resulted in 'higher morale and improved efficiency." Earlier this week, the city's outside workers an- nounced they would pursue a four-day week in their contract talks. Sgt. Crosby-Jones also saic the police association wanted an increase in pensions, double pay for overtime, pensions for widows of policemen killed on duty, optional retirement after 25 years and mandatory retire- ment after 35 years. ion of those three, who are rom the Edmonton plant, the rest of the staff of welders, sheet metal and body workers, iave been hired locally. The plant is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday until noon. Clients include Foremost Track Vehicles Ltd. of Cal- ;ary, Ferguson Supply, R. An- gus, McGavins Toastmaster, ACT, varied oilfield firms and rndivudals. Western Truck Body now is in the process of completing 30 steel tracked vehicle cabs for Foremost. The 30-ton vehicles are being manufactured in Al- >erta for shipment to Russia. The 30 vehicles now being built are the last of 67 ordered by :he Russians. A 63-ton Russian used for forming sheet metal up to one-quarter of an inch thick, is being used at the Leth- bridge plant to build the cabs to- the vehicles which will be shipped to Russia Other pieces of specialized plant equipment come from Scotland, Sweden, Japan. Eng- land, the U.S. and Canada. A Welling firm Centra Flo Manufacturing Co. Ltd., is to build fibreglas motor hoods for Western Truck Body. They were previously manufactured elsewhere in Alberta Why did Western Truck Body decide to locate in Lethbridge? Ed Filan said there were three main reasons: a federal govern ment incentives grant of 000; the labor supply in this area and the possibility of re- taining that labor once the men were trained because of the lack of other jobs here com oared with the larger cities; an for better southern Alberta cov erage by the company. Financing for the project was through the Alberta Commer cial Corporation. All contractors, with the ex ception of electrical, were hirec locally. TSlen Little was the general contractor. Ferry fault blamed NANAIMO, B.C. (CP) A car carrying two elderly Fort Maeleod, Alta., residents plung- ed off the loading ramp of a British Columbia ferry Wednes- day because the ferry moved back from the dock, RCMP said today. William G. Martin, 81, and his wife Mary, 71, were driving off the government ferry when the accident occurred. Their car was left with its front wheels on the dock and the rear wheels on the ferry. As the gap widened, the ear dropped into the water. It float- ed for some time, enabling fer- ry patroman Bert Hacking and bystanders to pull the couple out. The Martins were taken to hospital here for observation, A spokesman said they were in atisfactory condition. Both ap- arently swallowed some sea water. A B.C. Ferries official said oday an inquiry into the acci lent will be held after written reports are made by the ferry's master and chief engineer ant he terminal agent'at Depar ure Bay, north of here. id industries hurt by the addi- tional U.S. tariff charges. Industry Minister Jean-Luc 'epin told the Commons Thurs- ay that the board's chairman wiU be Raymond Lavoie, 57, of lontreal, vice-president and managing director of Credit "'oncier France-Canadien. The second businessman on he board is C. S. Richardson of Calgary, financial vice-presi- dent of ATCO Industries Ltd. The deputy ministers are ames F. Grandy of the Indus- ry department, Simon S. Reis- man of the finance department, L. E. Couillard of the manpower SELDOM USED A canal in British Columbi; linking the headwaters of th Columbia and Kootenay river was completed in only two ships ever used it. SCHULZ PAINTING AND DECORATING offers Hearty Congratulations to Western Truck Body Mfg. Co. on the Grand Opening of their new business It has been our pleasure to paint and decorate the new premises Best Wishes to Western Truck Body Mfg. Co. from CHARLTON HILL LTD. on the opening of Lethbridge's newest industry. We wish them much success CHARLTON AND HILL LTD. HAS BEEN PIEASED TO DO THE ROOFING OF THE NEW COMPLEX Autoworkers spy? STOCKHOLM (AP) A Swedish newspaper said Thurs day the Soviet Union is using an automobile company as a fron or spying hi Sweden. Dagens Nyheter, quoting security-polic said Matreco, a Sovie auto export firm with branche n this country, has sent repre- sentatives to Swedish defenc installations, but security police are aware of the situation. GETS HEALTH POST OTTAWA (CP) Dr. Alexan der B. Morrison, 40, of Ottawa research director of the federa ood and drug directorate, ha; jeen appointed assistant deputy department and J. D. Love of the regional expansion depart- ment. Cleve Kidd, a Toronto labor- relations consultant and former executive secretary of the Cana- dian Airline Pilots Association, is the board's seventh member. HELPS BIG EXPORTERS Under the employment-sup- port act passed by Parliament and given royal assent last week, the board is empowered to distribute the million to manufacturing plants that nor- mally export at least one-fifth of their production to the U.S. and whose output and employment are in jeopardy. The fund Is intended, to cover the period from Aug. the higher tariffs took effectr-to the end of the current fiscal year next March 31. But Mr. Pepin has said the fund might be augmented or the period ex- tended if needed. Mr. Pepin said that, "several-, hundred" applications have al- ready been received from plants seeking aid. Officials had esti- mated that applications would flood in once the board starts operation. Grants would coyer up to1 two-thirds of the; amount of the tariff increase applicable on a plant's exports. We take pleasure in extending Sincere Best Wishes WESTERN TRUCK BODY MFG. LTD. On the opening of their new plant in Lethbridge ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS BY INSTALLATIONS LTD. 11410 72nd Street EDMONTON, ALBERTA ELECTRO MECH Congratulations to WESTERN TRUCK BODY MFG. on their Grand Opening in Lethbridge We are pleased to welcome this new industry to our city and wish them "Success" DESIGNED AND BUILT BY GLEN LITTLE CONSTRUCTION LTD. GENERAL CONTRACTORS 206 31 ST. N. PHONE 327-4876 Tiff Citizens of Southern Alberta It is with pleasure that we today officially opened our new plant in Leihbridge. We are pleased to be part of this growing community. It is our sincere intention to provide our southern customers with high quality manufactured products. We invite residents of this area to drop in and see our plant and see the quality production going into our manufactured lines. ED FILAN, Manager Western Truck Body Manufacturing Ltd. MANUFACTURERS OF: VANS CABS SERVICE BODIES TOOl BOXES, GAS TANKS, BUMPERS CUSTOM SHEARING AND FABRICATING REPAIRS TO RELATED PRODUCTS Western Truck Body Manufacturing Ltd. 655 30th Street, North, Lethbridge Phone 328-9257 ;