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 that offers a large range of architectural aluminium windows and doors to custom made sizes for the commercial and residential market, and in 2018 had 20 people working full time in the company including two 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.