Patterson Dental Company signs strategic distribution agreement

Dec. 7, 2001
Agreement will enhance the value brought to cusotmers of both companies.

Patterson Dental Company has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Ellman International, Inc. Ellman designs, develops and manufactures innovative radio-surgical systems and devices for the dental, veterinary and medical markets.

Patterson Dental Company, a value-added distributor of dental products, equipment and services to dentists, dental laboratories, institutions and other healthcare providers, will support Ellman�s dental product line through more than 1,000 sales representatives and equipment/software specialists in the United States and Canada.

�We are very excited to add Ellman International as a key vendor partner of Patterson Dental,� said Rich Kochmann, Patterson�s Vice President of Marketing. �Radio-surgical products and services are among the fastest growing markets in dentistry today. Ellman�s high-quality products, with our single-source approach, will no doubt enhance the value we bring to our customers.�

Dr. Jon Garito, President of Ellman International, said the new strategic relationship positions both companies to offer the dental community a comprehensive sales and support process. �Patterson has a unique and effective sales, technical service and delivery system for our highly specialized dental products,� he said. �Dentists can feel secure that their trusted Patterson personnel will be there to support entire transitions, from purchase to installation.�

Ellman�s surgical devices are based on proprietary high-frequency technologies capable of cutting and coagulating soft tissues without trauma, which offers significant advantages over conventional surgical techniques.