From all of the Planit Team, Welcome to this month's Newsletter
We would like to congratulate IJF Australia, one of our loyal customers in South Australia, on celebrating 50 years of manufacturing. It's quite an achievement, and one of their former employees, our own SA/NT Territory Manager Tony Vella, has a special article on the company's history.
In this newsletter, we also share information about the 2014 CMA WA Golf Day, welcome a new member to the Planit Family, and also share about Planit's sailing adventures.
CMA WA - Planit Golf Day
Planit are excited to announce that we will be involved with this year's CMA WA Golf Day. This is a great day for the Western Australia Industry to come together and network in a relaxed social atmosphere. The Golf Day will be on Friday the 7th of November, and held at the Wembley Golf Course. In teams of 4, come and prove just how good your golf skills are in a round of golf and then join us for Drinks and Dinner during the evening. This is one event not to be missed.
If you are interested in purchasing your ticket for the Golf as well as your seat at Dinner, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For Customer Care Members, Planit has organised 4 tickets at a slightly reduced price. *Terms & Conditions Apply
IJF Australia celebrate 50 years
Planit would like to take this opportunity to congratulate IJF Australia on celebrating 50 years of manufacturing in South Australia.
Since its formation in 1964, the Monteleone family company has achieved remarkable business growth that has propelled the company into its current role as a national market leader. Established by brothers Reg and Ross, the company grew to include family members Geoff (1966), Murray (1969), Ken (1972) and Cousin Ross Giorgio (1976). IJF Australia started life in the South Australian suburb of Rosewater with a total of 3 employees. The company originally focused on domestic products.
The business grew and in 1969 the company relocated to Holden Hill, where it went on to become the leading domestic joinery manufacturer in SA. By 1975 the business had also established Australia’s first modular furniture system. In 1989, the manufacturing hub and headquarters moved to the renowned facility at Kilburn. It was here that IJF developed its reputation as one of the nation’s leading furniture and fit-out contractors, specialising in apartment, office and hospitality projects.
In 2006 IJF acquired a manufacturing plant in Virginia, Queensland to accommodate for growth in the areas of South East Queensland and NSW. In 2009, IJF moved to its current headquarters and main manufacturing facility in Wingfield, South Australia. This new facility was designed to meet their changing economic and client needs in a more internationally competitive market.
Today, IJF remains a family owned business, which employs over 100 staff nation-wide.
Tony Vella, SA/NT Territory Manager, writes "I started my apprenticeship with IJF Australia back in 1991 as a fresh-faced 17 year old. I was fortunate enough to work with many good people during my 19 years with IJF and what I learnt there helped develop both my character and skill set.
IJF has always had the reputation of having started the careers of many cabinet makers, wood machinists, polishers, designers and drafts persons teaching us not only the skills of our respective trades but also on how to successfully work together in a team environment.
Just keeping up with conventional technology is never enough for IJF and this is why it introduced the use of Cabnetware as its primary setting out tool in 1995. Cabnetware was instrumental in improving efficiencies in the setting out of joinery ready for manufacturing on both their beam saws and point to point routers.
IJF was always looking for better ways to streamline its set out and manufacturing of jobs. In 2004 IJF cross graded to Cabinet Vision which allows greater control over any non-standard parts or joinery items. As an employee of IJF at this time, I was very much involved with the implementation, working in closely with the integrators from Planit."
A number of projects and landmark buildings in Australia have been fitted out by IJF Australia using both Cabnetware and Cabinet Vision as its drawing and setting out tool. These projects include; Eureka Towers, Royal Children’s Hospital and RMIT Village in Victoria. Bondi Apartments, 1 Bligh Street and Sydney Wharf Apartments in New South Wales. In Western Australia, The Fiona Stanley Hospital and Hotel Intercontinental, as well as Hamilton Harbour in Queensland and currently the New Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia.
IJF, to this day, remain an industry partner and loyal customer of Planit. Seeing the next generation of the Monteleone family bring IJF into the future is very exciting and gives comfort in that IJF Australia is in great hands.
The knowledge I gained from my time at IJF is put into good practice every day with Planit
Happy 50 years to IJF Australia.
Tony Vella and the Management and Staff of Planit.
Welcome Isla Georgia Thompson
Nicole Thompson, one of our long serving employees at Planit, welcomed a new little bundle of joy into her family on the 27th August 2014, a beautiful baby girl, Isla Georgia Thompson, weighing in at 3.3kg.
Nicole, husband Alby and Daughter Mia (4) are over the moon on the arrival of baby Isla and already over a month old, Isla is beginning to show features of her big sister.
Isla is doing very well, growing up very quickly and Nicole is enjoying “some” relaxation and time away from work.
The whole Planit family are wishing them both all the best and cannot wait for Nicole’s return in late March 2015.
Strong results for Planit in the Audi Hamilton Island Regatta 2014
The Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is one of Australia’s largest offshore keelboat regattas and one of Australia’s favourite yachting events. Two members of the Planit family, Anthony and Dylan Passmore have had the privilege to take part in this event nearly every year, including this year’s event from 15th – 22nd August. This year Anthony skippered the yacht and was accompanied by Dylan and 6 other fellow crew members on their boat, which was sponsored by and named ‘PLANIT’.
The event has been running for over 30 years and the event size has nearly doubled in over 30 years, with the first fleet attracting 93 boats in 1984 to over 170 boats in 2014. This year’s event was made special by a visit from a Whale and her calf during one of the races.
The crew experienced glorious weather on and off the water which helped with their results of a 2nd place, a couple of 3rd places and a few 5th places out of a division of 10 entrants. ‘PLANIT’ finished 6th overall, only a few points off 2nd and 3rd place.
‘PLANIT’ and the crew are already counting down for the next race week in 2015!