Are you ready to take the plunge and invest in your own digital equipment? Going digital was the name of the game at NADL Vision 21 in Las Vegas in January where speakers offered tips on how to incorporate...See more new technology into the laboratory.
Waco, TX Owners: Hal and Glenda Jones 36 Employees “Hal and Glenda Jones are exceptional people first, exceptional employers second. I’ve been working here for 13 years and their genuine...See more care for their employees shows throughout the company,” says Mikki Davis, Ceramist at Waco, TX-based Summit Dental Lab, echoing the resounding sentiment of the employees, a third of whom have worked there for a decade or more. The Joneses believe that each employee’s character determines his ability to contribute positively to the team as a whole and enhances the quality of its products and services, as well as the work environment. So, in addition to providing a four-day workweek, outstanding benefits and hundreds of CE hours a year, Summit also offers personal development seminars on subjects such as health, financial management and character development. The package also includes the Employee Assistance Program, which includes visits from corporate chaplains as well as a confidential off-site counseling program. “Working here has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” says Cynthia Bounds, Customer Service. “The staff truly cares about each other, not only at work but also outside of work. Honesty, loyalty, accountability and an absolutely awesome work environment make coming to work a joy, not a job.” “Hal and Glenda Jones are exceptional people first, exceptional employers second. I’ve been working here for 13 years and their genuine care for their employees shows throughout the company,” says Mikki Davis, Ceramist at Waco, TX-based Summit Dental Lab, echoing the resounding sentiment of the employees, a third of whom have worked there for a decade or more. The Joneses believe that each employee’s character determines his ability to contribute positively to the team as a whole and enhances the quality of its products and services, as well as the work environment. So, in addition to providing a four-day workweek, outstanding benefits and hundreds of CE hours a year, Summit also offers personal development seminars on subjects such as health, financial management and character development. The package also includes the Employee Assistance Program, which includes visits from corporate chaplains as well as a confidential off-site counseling program. “Working here has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” says Cynthia Bounds, Customer Service. “The staff truly cares about each other, not only at work but also outside of work. Honesty, loyalty, accountability and an absolutely awesome work environment make coming to work a joy, not a job.”
I've been traveling around the country this season and have visited a number of laboratories, manufacturers and educational institutions. As I was passing through the Pittsburgh area, I stopped to visit...See more Nick Hayden at Partial Foundations Dental Lab. Watch for more stories in my Road Trip series throughout the 2014 issues of LMT. ~Judy Fishman
Many laboratories create esthetic restorations, but some owners and their teams are lucky enough to work in facilities that are as beautiful as the work they create.
This year marks LMT’s and LAB DAY Chicago’s 30th birthdays and we plan to celebrate all year long. Come celebrate with us in the pages of LMT, at LAB DAY and online as we take a walk through...See more 30 years of history. Online, we’re taking our cue from a popular internet trend called Throwback Thursday during which users post old photos. We’re calling ours Throwback Thirty and will be posting photos and snippets from our 30-year history with you every Thursday on The Bridge at LMTmag.com/ThrowbackThirty. But to make it really fun, we want you to join in! We’d like you to share your recollections of the stuff we post and also post your own “throwback” photos of life in your lab, photos from industry events or stories from the past. Let’s work together, as we always do, to create a living history of all we’ve created and done as the decision makers we are!* What I didn’t realize 30 years ago was that so many of you were on the same page I was on: embarking on a new path as an entrepreneur; in many ways, it’s not just LMT’s milestone—it’s yours, too! During the last quarter of 2013, I traveled across the country and back. I visited some old industry friends and made new ones. Like me, many of them didn’t know exactly what we were getting into when we first started out but we had conviction, knowledge, the all-important characteristic of perseverance and, most of all, the intention to build a business, and here we all are. I have to acknowledge, particularly, some friends who’ve been comrades in pursuit of our respective dreams from the start: Michael Kulwiec, Marc Daichman, Tom Bormes, Jim Gorgol, Rob Gitman, Kamilla Siekierski, Jim Glidewell, Steve Severy, Josh Green, Harold Burdette, Max Schulze, Dan Smith, Gerry Mariacher, Robert Berger, Kris Kersten and the late Kevin Dillon. These guys gave me tremendous help and support as I navigated my way into the wonderful world of dental technology and I want to thank them publicly for this! There are, of course, many others who were there with me at the beginning and who are still here now, who’ve followed their passion, set things in motion and continue to enjoy the fruits of their continuing labor. We’re an amazing team—you, the dental laboratory decision makers; you, the manufacturers and suppliers; and us, LMT—and that gives us the ability to deliver much-needed, useful data and insights to help your business prosper. We intend to continue doing so and want to say thanks. We are filled with gratitude to play such a role in this marketplace but we couldn’t do any of it without you! What really struck me during my trip out West is how connected everyone is with one another in our field. Every lab and manufacturer has a rich and colorful history and it seems like, at one point or another, so many of you worked with or for one another somewhere along the way! Competitors are also cooperators, technicians are also manufacturers, employees became employers and sometimes they even switch places with one another! What also struck me is that the economic slowdown of the last five years has hit almost every pocket of the country. It was evident on the streets we drove down and in the cities we stopped in. It gives us all the more reason to appreciate what we have weathered and how resilient our community is. The view 30 years out gives us what we call “30/30 Hindsight.” We don’t have the same kind of vision we had when we were in our 20s and 30s and starting out. That vision was filled with anticipation of the challenge and what we might be capable of creating. Our vision now has wisdom, gratitude, humility and loads of experience. I’ve been told many times that folks love working with LMT because every staff member here exudes excellence in delivering customer service, editorial content and phenomenal LAB DAY events. It’s what we do, year after year: in print, in person and online. By now we can comfortably say we have hindsight. We know who we are. We know who you are and we are thrilled to keep on truckin’ down this road with you every single day. *In the February issue of LMT, we’re featuring industry highlights as reported in the pages of LMT over the last 30 years. It’s like a mini-series on the history of our community! Join us: share your memories and photos at LMTmag.com/ThrowbackThirty and they might also appear in an upcoming issue of LMT.
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Atlantic Precious Metal Refining (Atlantic), a Pittsburgh-based precious metal refinery serving dental professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Chaban to Customer Service...See more Representative. In his new position, Chaban is accountable for a wide variety of responsibilities related to supporting both Atlantic staff and clients. Specifically, Chaban will field all telephone inquiries, work closely with Atlantic sales representatives to best serve all Atlantic clients, assist in the refining process, and moreover, handle any and all internal information technology (IT) matters. Chaban will report directly to Don Mappin, President & CEO of Atlantic Precious Metal Refining. "Alex brings the perfect blend of professional and social skills to Atlantic," remarked Mappin. "We are pleased that he has such a rich background in computers as well as customer service. Alex provides an ambitious attitude and a fresh perspective to any task he is asked to handle. He is a consummate professional and thus far has had such a positive impact towards the Atlantic team as well as our clients. We look forward to a bright future with Alex." Chaban brings many years of experience to his new position at Atlantic. Most recently, he worked as an IT Network Administrator and Desktop/Applications Support Specialist for several local Pittsburgh consulting firms. Chaban holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He currently resides in the Pittsburgh area. Chaban can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 800-289-9293 x35. For more information about all Atlantic Precious Metal Refining news, please visit www.apmr.com.
Owners of Maverick Dental Laboratories, a full-service dental laboratory in Monroeville, PA, celebrated the company's 10-year anniversary with the opening of a new headquarters. Co-owners Joseph Fey...See more and Larry Albensi decided that to continue the rapid growth of Maverick Dental, the company would need a larger facility to accommodate more employees and additional manufacturing equipment. The search led them to a former automotive dealership, which merged the optimal design of office space and industrial-style workspace. "With as many as 20 percent of the nation's auto dealerships vacant from the recent recession, the opportunity exists to acquire and convert the properties," explained Mr. Fey. "In our case, the former showroom accommodates all of our sales and customer service functions and the large repair garage, with added windows, works for our micro-manufacturing needs. "It was a surprise that a building that once housed an automotive dealership could give us exactly what we wanted," Mr. Fey continued. "With the guidance of our team of talented architects and contractors, we transformed this building into the space we needed."
Advanced Dental Products, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Jelrus porcelain furnace spare parts sales and repairs of the VIP Universal X-Press. They will also supply muffles and thermocouples...See more for all Jelrus porcelain furnaces. The acquisition became effective on September 1, 2013. Jelrus, the dental laboratory division of Air Techniques, has a proven record of providing well-belt, dependable laboratory equipment. The acquisition by Advanced Dental Products, Inc. further enhances their own product line of high quality muffles, both quartz and non-quarts, for most porcelain furnaces. Please direct all Jelrus inquires to Advanced Dental Products, Inc. customer service at 800 645-7237.
Zimmer Dental Inc., a leading provider of dental oral rehabilitation products and a subsidiary of Zimmer Holdings, Inc., is pleased to announce that it was recently honored with a Silver Medal at the 2013...See more Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) in the category of "Dental Instruments, Equipment, and Supplies" for its revolutionary Zimmer® Trabecular Metal™ Dental Implant. Zimmer Dental's entry stands out as the only dental implant recognized in the highly regarded, global competition, which is sponsored by the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI). According to the MD+DI website, the MDEA competition is the premier awards program for the medical technology community, recognizing the achievements of medical product manufacturers and the many people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians—who are responsible for the groundbreaking innovations that are changing the face of healthcare. This recognition follows the recent coining of the term "osseoincorporation" in describing the unique bone development process made possible with this porous dental implant. Osseoincorporation refers to the growth potential of bone, both onto an implant surface and into an implant structure. The Trabecular Metal Dental Implant features an osteoconductive mid-section, formed from Trabecular Metal material, designed for ingrowth as well as ongrowth in a process new to implant dentistry—osseoincorporation. Manufactured In the U.S. at Zimmer's TMT facility in Parsippany, NJ, and used in Zimmer's cutting-edge orthopaedic devices for more than 15 years, Trabecular Metal material is a three-dimensional, highly biocompatible material—not an implant surface or coating—with up to 80 percent porosity for bone ingrowth and a structure comparable to cancellous bone. The interconnected porosity is designed to enhance secondary stability through a high volume of ingrowth. For decades, Zimmer Dental has gained the trust of thousands of clinicians worldwide who count on its comprehensive line of products to deliver successful patient outcomes. By looking to new and innovative technologies and leveraging its relationship with its parent company, Zimmer Holdings, Zimmer Dental continues to reinforce its commitment to offering state-of-the-art dental solutions. Contact a Zimmer Dental Sales Consultant or Customer Service at (800) 854-7019 or (760) 929-4300, or visit TrabecularMetal.ZimmerDental.com for more information.
Roland DGA Corp. has announced several key promotions within its marketing, product management and sales organizations, as well as the appointment of a new marketing director. These staffing changes reflect...See more the company's continued growth and success as a leading manufacturer of digital printing equipment, as well as dental, engraving and 3D modeling technologies. "At Roland DGA, we are constantly innovating and improving with the goal of providing our customers with the finest products available, and world-class service and support," said Rick Scrimger, president of Irvine, Calif.-based Roland DGA Corp. "Promoting from within whenever we can and adding talented individuals to our team are essential to our delivering this kind of quality and performance. We congratulate the accomplished individuals taking on expanded roles at Roland, as well as those just joining the company." Recent Roland DGA promotions and appointments within product management, sales and marketing are as follows: PROMOTIONS Andrew Oransky, Senior Director of Marketing and Product Management Andrew Oransky has been promoted from director to senior director of marketing and product management, and has been added to Roland's senior management team. In addition to overseeing the Roland DGA marketing and product management teams, he will also help coordinate product planning and global marketing with parent company Roland DG. Oransky joined Roland DGA in 2008 as director of product management. His background includes more than 15 years of digital printing industry product management, sales and marketing experience. Joe Dawson, Senior Director of Sales Joe Dawson, Roland DGA's senior director of sales, has been promoted to a position on the senior management team. A digital printing industry veteran with more than 20 years of senior-level sales experience, Dawson has played a major role in the growth of Roland's customer base and its achievement of sales goals since joining the company in 2005. In his new position, he will continue to be responsible for key sales functions across all Roland inkjet devices, vinyl cutters, engravers and all related supplies and accessories for North and South America. Grant Davis, National Accounts Manager Grant Davis has been promoted to the position of national accounts manager for Roland DGA. He previously served as the company's business development manager for UV products. Davis brings to his new position over 20 years of digital printing industry sales and management experience. In his new role, Davis will focus on the management, growth and support of Roland's key accounts throughout the U.S. Steven Tu, Product Manager - UV Printers Previously Roland DGA's color workflow specialist, Steven Tu has been promoted to the position of product manager - UV printers. Over his nine-year career with Roland, Tu has played important roles within technical support, customer support and product management. In his new position, Tu will be responsible for the coordination of new product launches and furthering the success of Roland's UV products in vertical markets such as packaging, label printing, and promotional and industrial printing. Daniel Valade, Product Manager - VersaStudio® and Cutters Daniel Valade is Roland DGA's new product manager for the VersaStudio BN-20 desktop printer/cutter and GX series line of cutters. Since joining Roland five years ago, Valade has held various positions within the company's inside sales and customer service departments. In addition to being an expert in Roland inkjet and cutter technologies, he is an accomplished trainer and speaker. NEW APPOINTMENTS Lori Babigian, Marketing Director As Roland DGA's newly appointed marketing director, Lori Babigian is responsible for the day-to-day management of all Roland DGA marketing activities, including supervision of the company's marketing communications and creative teams, and coordination between marketing, sales and product management. Prior to joining Roland, Babigian was director, global marketing communications for Irvine, Calif.-based Printronix. She has spent the majority of her career in the photo imaging industry, serving as vice president, marketing for the North American subsidiary of Noritsu America and also in various positions with Kodak.