A move to a self storage centre provided more storage capacity, but when suppliers began to cut corners, reduce their selection or move production overseas in the interests of cutting costs, the quality and supply became limited and inconsistent, so Judith and Vicki decided to establish their own manufacturing facility.
This was a huge risk and was done by acquiring machinery and staff from other manufacturers who had stopped local manufacture. But rather than develop an assembly line style production facility, the pair refined the manufacturing so that each pair of boots is handcrafted from beginning to end by only a handful of people.
But being small doesn’t mean a lack of innovation, designing new styles and products and always exploring ways to penetrate new markets are just examples of being leaders and unique in the market. They also custom make sheepskin products and boots to match the needs of their community such as slippers and boots for people with disabilities, it is this aspect that they personally find most rewarding.
Australian Ugg Boots are passionately committed to keeping the great Aussie icon 100% Australian Made and are a proud member of both the Australian Made Campaign and the Australian Sheepskin Association Inc. – an organization that managed to defend the iconic Australian name “ugg boots” from a US corporate who had secured the trademark in the US, China, Japan and the EU (see separate article, “The Ugg Boot Story”).
They are also very selective in what sheepskin they use and believe that this is the difference between comfortable and not so comfortable, between warm and not so warm and between keeping for long or not too long. The main breed of sheepskin they use is “Merino – Cross” and the tannery which is used is credited with the Leather Working Group Gold Medal accreditation for environmental stewardship. In addition, all processing is done and conforms to strict EU legislation that bans nasty substances.
Australian Ugg Boot staff have become part of the founders family and their success story. Judith and Vicki believe that it is an honour to provide them with a safe, secure and enjoyable workplace and display the great Australian philosophy of giving everyone “A Fair Go”.
They have also been a great supporter of community service and assisting the less fortunate and give generously to people in need through various organisations such as the Australian Red Cross, Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children, NSW Australia, and Vatsalya Orphanage, Jaipur India.
Replas started from two companies that shared a passion for the environment. Repeat Plastics specialised in the collection of post-industrial waste while Australian Recycling Technologies concentrated on material collected from the kerbside - receiving the most prestigious award for environmental excellence in Australia, the Banksia Award in 1992.
Both companies were developing the technology to take this waste material and recycle it, so it was a natural progression for them to join forces in 2001 as Repeat Plastics Australia (trading as Replas) and combine the unique expertise, products and manufacturing capabilities of both companies.
Replas has since developed world leading technologies that enable them to reprocess Australia’s waste into more than 200 robust recycled plastic products including outdoor furniture, bollards, signage, and decking. These products are resistant to termites, microorganisms and moisture, and will never split, rot, crack or need painting.
Replas boasts a range of state-of-the-art machinery ensuring they operate with a high degree of energy efficiency - using about 25% of the power that it takes to make virgin plastic. Also, as they do not wash the plastic there is no water used, and colour and UV stabilisers they add represent just 2% of the product.
They partner with many Australian companies, such as Dulux and Coles, who have taken responsibility for the plastic waste they create to assist them in reducing their environmental impact by ensuring their plastic waste is recycled and reused within Australia.
Recycling plastic not only reduces the amount of waste going to landfill, but it also eliminates the need to use precious natural resources. Human ingenuity has produced plastic. Replas believes the same ingenuity will produce solutions to using and reusing these products in a sustainable way and the purchase of these products by councils, schools, and industry will help to close the loop on recycling and create a Circular Economy.
We started like so many businesses; with a passion and an idea. Initially retailers of this authentically Australian product, we sourced boots from a number of local manufacturers. And then things changed, as they always do. Suppliers began to cut corners, reduce their selection or move production overseas in the interests of cutting costs.
This meant the quality and variety wasn’t consistent and sometimes just not good enough to meet our exacting standards. It was time for us to reclaim the quality and innovation in our industry, and so we set out on our own. We haven’t looked back. We select only the highest end quality components, such as premium Natural Sheepskin, hard wearing soles and quality threads. All of this comes together to make the best quality boots you can buy.
Our boot makers are highly skilled in shaping and fitting the sheepskin down to the finest detail. Rather than an assembly line, each pair of boots is crafted from beginning to end by only a handful of people. This produces a remarkably comfortable, quality boot. Our wonderful staff are not just part of our team, they are now part of our family and our success story. We view our staff with respect and admiration. It’s an honour to provide them with a safe, secure and enjoyable workplace. We believe in that great Australian philosophy of giving everyone ‘A Fair Go.
For the benefit of our customers and employees, we are passionately committed to:
From humble beginnings in 2008, working out of an old ute and a borrowed trailer, ODS Glass has steadily grown as a referral based business and in 2018 had 20 people working full time in the company including 2 directors.
The early days consisted of Marty fabricating windows in his driveway at night and installing them during the day. It is fair to say that the neighbours were delighted when the business had grown enough to support the lease of a small factory in Mordialloc. Further growth led to the need for more hands on deck, and as Marty was keen to engage and develop young apprentices he made many visits to schools and junior cricket and football clubs to promote the opportunity. He hired an apprentice and then a labourer, and then a tradesman who is now his leading project manager. More recently ODS has utilised the services of an agency and that has enabled them to maintain a steady apprentice base.
But with the growth in business came the degradation of a work-life balance, and the arrival of his first child led Marty to seek a business partner to share the load. His brother Tom had completed a carpentry apprentice and had also found work in the commercial window sector. With 5 years management experience in a commercial window company, Tom was the ideal business partner and the support Marty needed to get his life back into balance.
Today, ODS Glass works closely with architects, builders and suppliers to find ways to best meet their clients needs and requirements, including energy and acoustic ratings, aesthetic qualities and various building applications, and the implementation of forecasting tools has enabled them to supply their clients with a better service at tender stage and has helped them forecast their future work load for 6 to 12 months in advance.
Whilst they often compete with overseas imported products they have found that most clients like the fact that ODS Glass only use locally sourced materials and this has been to their advantage in winning work.
With a passion for design and meticulous attention to detail, ODS Glass focus purely on boutique residential, multi-level living and commercial developments. Business expansion has always been driven by their clients needs, and because they are highly selective in the locations and project partners they choose to work with, ODS glass can stand firmly behind a promise that they only create beautiful customised open spaces that they themselves take pride in.
Independently owned and passionately owner-operated, they are committed to ensuring that the delivery and installation of their products exceed expectations at every level and their focus on service means they build long-term client relationships, resulting in a deeper understanding of their needs and an inherent commitment to their projects.
All Gourmet Junior products are manufactured in a HACCP accredited facility by a professional chef and their menu includes many traditional meals as well as finger foods that include proteins and carbohydrates to create a perfectly balanced and convenient meal that is independently dietician approved. Established in 2014 by Alecia Whitelaw after the new mum saw a gap in the market for premium, home-style convenient meals for children, Gourmet Juniors has enjoyed steady growth, with its first retail stockist coming on-board in February 2015. They now have 16 retail partners across Victoria and service an increasing number of weekly direct home delivery clients. They have received national recognition in The Age, Brisbane Times, Sydney Morning Herald and The Grace Papers along with numerous blogs and publications. Since inception, they have scaled the business by continually working with their Head Chef to improve manufacturing processes that guarantee the quality that customers have come to expect. They also work closely with a qualified dietician to ensure that their products deliver the maximum amount of nutrition that is required for the age groups their products are designed for, so that parents can be 100% confident that they are purchasing nutritious children’s food. They are strong believers in driving the passion for good food from a young age and therefore feature an educational colouring-in image on all of their products to not only teach children about the real food that is contained in their meal but also encourage mindful eating. With a new range of products due for release later in 2018 and a key goal to expand distribution to interstate markets, Gourmet Juniors plans to continue its strong growth. Despite being a small business, they are proud to support the communities in which they operate and in 2017 they donated prizes worth over $2000 to kindergartens, day care centres, community organisations and primary schools.
Co-Ex Films commenced in 1997 as a supplier of plastic bags and has since transformed into a supplier of plastic film for food packaging. Current owner Steve McNaughton took over the business some 15 years ago and whilst ensuring the business was fully certified to ISO900 and HACCP, and that their equipment was systematically upgraded to suit their customer’s requirements in a changing marketplace for food packaging, Steve has made the conscious decision to remain a small business, in contrast to his larger competitors. This has provided Co-Ex with a customer focus and agility that has provided a competitive edge. Co-Ex work with local raw material suppliers to develop import replacement products, ensuring the Australian industry can provide local jobs for local people. On many occasions Co-Ex and their partners have been able to replace import products to ensure a strong and robust local market for manufacturing. Co-Ex are also committed to environmental management and were one of the first companies to sign up for “Operation Clean Sweep Australia” to minimise spillages of their primary raw material - plastic pellets, and have become a role model and a case study for other plastics manufacturers, suppliers and distributors.
Contact Steve on 9587 5477