News: Dahlsens Acquire Spantruss

From one family to another, Shepparton (Vic) business, Spantruss, has become the latest addition to the portfolio of building and hardware family-owned business, Dahlsens Building Centres. The changeover took place in January, after a formal agreement was made between the two companies in December last year. “The business had embraced 19 years of solid growth and now is a good time to hand it over to a larger group to assist in the continued development of the business,” Manager/Owner of Spantruss Graeme Watts, said. “The business is in good hands to continue delivering the service levels our customers have come to expect.” Chief Executive Officer of Dahlsens, Geoff Dahlsen, paid tribute to the contribution made by Mr Watts to the industry and in the commercial development of Shepparton throughout the past 19 years.

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Caption: L-R: Graeme Watts, Mayor Jenny Houlihan and Geoff Dahlsen

“It is an exciting day for Dahlsens Building Centres where we have been able to add a successful, well operated business to our manufacturing offer,” Mr Dahlsen said.

Established 128 years ago, Dahlsens Building Centres is one of the largest chains of building materials and hardware suppliers in Australia with 23 regional locations in three states – Victoria, NSW and South Australia. In Victoria, the company operates five Mitre 10 stores. Employing more than 550 staff, the company is a major employer and prides itself on the contribution it makes to the lives and economy of each branch’s community.

“Graeme Watts as plant manager and all existing Spantruss staff have been welcomed into the Dahlsens team and I thank them sincerely for the understanding and co-operation they have demonstrated,” Mr Dahlsen said. Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Jenny Houlihan, said the council is delighted that such a well-established company has set up in Shepparton. “Dahlsens are a major employer and make a fantastic contribution to the lives and economy of the communities in which they are based,” said Cr Houlihan. After more than a century in the game, Dahlsens still places great emphasis on keeping a family business just that, and aims to keep a family focus within its Shepparton branch. “It’s important we get out to the sites, understand the area and be active in day-to-day management, because once a business becomes big, it is easy to lose the personal touch,” Mr Dahlsen said. “It’s important to retain a family feel as a family business.”