Benco Dental Acquires Dental Equipment Specialist, Inc.

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Benco Dental Acquires Dental Equipment Specialist, Inc.

Benco Dental, the nation’s fastest-growing distributor of dental products and equipment, today announced plans to acquire Dental Equipment Specialist, Inc. This will be Benco Dental’s tenth acquisition since 2008.

Headquartered in Bakersfield, California, Dental Equipment Specialist, Inc. specializes in equipment sales and repair. Once acquired, it will become Benco Dental’s Bakersfield branch and will service the Central Valley market.

“The acquisition of Dental Equipment Specialist fits well with our business and development strategy,” said Chuck Cohen, managing director of Benco Dental. “This company, like ours, is sharply focused on customer satisfaction and its location helps to further our westward expansion.”

Dental Equipment Specialist and its President, Tom Garstka, have been serving the Bakersfield area for more than twenty years. Garstka and his team will remain in their current positions with Benco Dental.

“At Dental Equipment Specialist, we constantly seek ways in which we can enhance our services and offer more value to our customers,” Garstka said. “Now, as part of Benco Dental, we can offer customers more product selection and an even better customer experience.”

About Benco Dental
Benco Dental, headquartered in Pittston, Pennsylvania, is the largest privately owned, full-service distributor of dental supplies, dental equipment, dental consulting & equipment services in the United States. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family owned and focused on the unique mission of “delivering success smile after smile.” During Benco Dental’s 81 year history, the company has grown from a single storefront location in Wilkes-Barre, PA into the nation’s fastest-growing dental distributor with over 50 regional showroom locations and five distribution centers servicing over 30,000 dental professionals in 40 states.

In 2009, Benco Dental reached a new milestone in the company’s long history by unveiling a 272,000-square-foot corporate headquarters, distribution center and equipment showroom in Pittston, Pennsylvania. Benco Dental CenterPoint houses the largest dental equipment showroom in North America, featuring 25 fully functional operatories, 14 operational digital X-rays including 2D and 3D units, three sterilization centers, design & lab concept suites and a summit training center for continuing education courses. The company has additional distribution centers in Fort Wayne, IN, Jacksonville, FL, Dallas, TX, and Reno, Nevada.

Benco Dental provides more supply and equipment options than any other full-service dental distributor, an offering enhanced by a comprehensive suite of services, including office design, equipment repair, practice coaching, financing and real estate planning, wealth management, and dental-specific technology solutions. These services are supported by over 420 professionally trained sales representatives and 290 factory-trained service technicians. Put it all together, and Benco Dental offers all the tools to enable dental professionals to achieve their desired goals for success. For more information, visit or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.


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