In 1987 Frank Galea started making custom-made security and insect screens in a shed at his private Alexandra Hills home.
Door knocking to find clients, he slowly started “eking out an existence” for Franklyn, which is well-known throughout the Redlands today.
Fast forward 30 years and looking at the new Rochedale premises for Mr Galea’s blinds, awnings, shutters and security screen business, it’s clear to see how far it has come.
This week Franklyn is celebrating the official opening of its purpose-built 8000 square metre Rochedale factory, warehouse showroom and head office with a grand opening sale.
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The premises represents a big change for the company, which was looking to consolidate its warehouses spread across the Redlands.
Until this year the business had operated across four manufacturing warehouse sites. With manufacturing in Australia facing challenges in today’s economy, the decision was made to bring all four sites together to create a more efficient operation.
With everything now under one roof, Franklyn’s general manager Michael Ford said improved efficiency will translate to maintaining competitive prices for Franklyn customers.
While the company is pleased to have made the move to secure its future, it has in no way lost sight of its Redland roots.
Of its 160 staff, who hold roles across senior management, sales, manufacturing and installation, 80 per cent hail from the Redlands.
“There is a team of staff who work with me who are loyal and dedicated and have helped the business grow,” Mr Galea said.
“I knew the business had a lot of potential, but I could not have dreamed of achieving this growth on my own.”
The company hopes the purpose-built facility will allow Franklyn to continue to offer the people of Redlands and the greater Brisbane region the opportunity to access quality custom made blinds, awnings, security and plantation shutters at a reasonable price.
With the challenge of moving the manufacturing facility and showroom now complete, the company will turn its attention towards future growth.
“The biggest challenge for us is to control our growth; we now have the ability to grow rapidly, but growth cannot come at the expense of customer service,” Mr Ford said. “This is very important to us, as well as ensuring that we remain current with the latest market trends and technology updates in motorised products.”
The new Rochedale showroom is now open at 15 Brickworks Place.
Drop in to see their opening specials.