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Newberg firm announces it has acquired Dean Dental Services, a Missouri company

A-dec Inc., the company founded by the late local philanthropist Ken Austin Jr., recently acquired a Missouri-based dental company.

Dean Dental Services, which manufactures mechanical room solutions, was acquired by A-dec on July 16. A press release from A-dec said Dean Dental Services manufactures environmentally friendly dry vacuum systems, oil-free compressors and other products, including remote controls, tandem vacuum systems, water safety valves, mini oil-free compressors and complete systems.

The company also provides remote monitoring services for their mechanical room equipment.

The acquisition was announced to A-dec employees by Scott Parrish, president of A-dec Inc., and Chief Operating Officer Marv Nelson.

"At A-dec, we believe in empowering dentists to focus on what truly matters most -- their patients," Nelson said. "By expanding our products and services to include both the dental operatory and mechanical room, we can deliver reliable, creative solutions for the entire dental office. Bringing the innovation that Dean Dental has accomplished under the roof of A-dec's reputation for quality, reliability and taking care of the customer will serve as a key differentiator."

Dean Dental System's manufacturing facility will remain in Fenton, Mo. According to the release, co-owners Patrick Hertel and Bill Henning will remain with the company under A-dec general management. They will continue to operate as Dean Dental Systems by A-dec, and their products will be available in the United States for the time being.

Jordan Beanblossom, the internal communications advisor for A-dec, said Dean Dental has six employees including the co-owners.

Beanblossom said "initial exploratory discussions" between the two companies started sometime in 2018, "with due diligence and final negotiations occurring this year." He declined to speak about the financial terms of the deal.

"We're choosing not to disclose financial information at this time," he said. "However, with only six employees and in a short amount of time, Dean Dental Systems was able to secure about 5 percent of the U.S. market in dental office mechanical room equipment. Both parties are excited for what the future of Dean Dental Systems by A-dec products and services will deliver to the dental industry."

A-dec was launched by Austin in 1964, and grew into the largest privately owned dental manufacturing company in the United States. It remains the largest employer in Newberg and continues to maintain the philanthropic efforts Austin and his wife Joan set for it. Joan Austin, who died in 2013, lent the Austin name to several organizations and causes over the past half century. For example, a local elementary school is named after Joan Austin. The pair gave millions of dollars to Oregon State University over the decades, and today several buildings bear their name. They helped launch the Austin Family Business Program and helped build Austin Hall, a 100,000-square foot building home to the college's business school.

Today, A-dec boasts more than 1,300 employees, with about 1,100 working at a 50-acre campus on Mountain View Drive in Newberg. It sells its products, including dental chairs, delivery systems, dental lights, and dental furniture in more than 100 countries around the world.

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