NorthStar of the 21st century is far different than when it was founded in 1975 by John Kelly!
Our Park Rapids Industrial Park location is NorthStar's fifth home! It may be hard to believe, but the lab was first a one-man operation in a converted railroad car far from town, with little in the way of utilities. Water had to be carried to the lab from the house!
That first Fall, with orders multiplying and a long Minnesota winter approaching, NorthStar sought a larger, more serviceable location. In order to devote cash flow to the business, John and his new wife lived in the basement of a small, old building that was purchased for $7,000 to contain NorthStar. The area where models were poured for retainers during the day doubled as a kitchen and laundry room at night!
In the following 30 years, NorthStar grew at an unbelievably steady pace, now having an enviable facility which accommodates its 100+ employees serving over 2500 dental professionals.
It is estimated that NorthStar has produced over one million dental appliances since its creation! We wish to thank our customers, both old and new, and our employees, both then and now, for the successes of the past.
For those of you who have not yet experienced NorthStar's attention to detail, we invite you to join a customer base that includes successful practitioners from coast to coast - each one receiving the same friendly, personal service that made NorthStar's success possible. Begin a long and pleasant laboratory relationship with a team that provides the results you and your patients deserve.
The following ad appeared in the JCO magazine in NorthStar's early years. Our look may have changed, but our dedication to quality and service remains the same today!