Where Edmonds Began
Bob Edmonds discovered his interest in dental prosthetics during high school after working in a West Plains dental lab. While there, he swept floors and delivered cases to local dentists on his bicycle. Bob attended Southwest Missouri State University after graduating from high school and began working as a denture technician at Ozark’s Dental Lab.
In the early 1970s, Bob partnered with Tom Bauer to form Bauer-Edmonds Dental Lab. The two men dissolved their partnership in 1982 and, with a handful of employees in tow, Bob started Edmonds Dental Prosthetics. Bob was able to grow his company from a core group of 12 employees to 135 employees before retiring in December 2012.
After Bob retired, his son, Steve Edmonds, took over as part owner along with another member of the Bauer family, Jim Bauer. In 2017, Jim retired, and Steve became sole owner of Edmonds Dental Prosthetics.
Passing the Baton
Steve began working at Edmonds Dental Prosthetics under his father in 1983. He started as a delivery driver driving a Celica GT. He loves telling stories about how the car had no floor boards and he could see the ground as he drove!
As the years went by, Steve worked his way through many different positions. He progressed from working in the model room to doing metal finishing for 15 years. During that time he received his CDT in Crown and Bridge. He also received certification through multiple PTC training courses. After several years, he became supervisor for the metal finishing department,
followed by operations manager for the laboratory, then general manager before becoming the sole owner in January 2017.
Steve has gained knowledge and expertise during his 35 years with the lab. It is evident that Steve has a passion for dental prosthetics; even today, as owner of the company, he still takes time to personally work on cases alongside technicians. His work ethic reminds each of us on the Edmonds team how important our jobs truly are here.
Today, Edmonds Dental Prosthetics remains a family-owned and operated full-service dental laboratory. Steve has carried on his father’s legacy by working to ensure we are always moving forward and bettering ourselves so we can better serve our doctors.
We currently operate out of two locations in Missouri (Springfield and West Plains) and one in Arkansas (Jonesboro). Our Springfield location has expanded into two buildings to accommodate our growth and new technology. Under the guidance of Steve, we have expanded our company to include various new products and techniques, such as the Artisan™ technique and our upcoming clear aligner brand. Along with this, Steve has helped us achieve many new qualifications and awards, such as being an Encode Empowered lab, and receiving the NADL Laboratory Member of the Year award. Steve is also doing great things with the Edmonds Supply Company, which his dad began. He is taking it to new heights, making it bigger and better with a variety of new products.
Without the leadership, ingenuity, and work ethic of Bob, who passed those traits on to Steve, our company wouldn’t be where we are today. The heart behind the Edmonds name is surely proof that we are committed to providing “quality you can trust, from people who care.”