Say hi to Tony and Edith, the founders of Paarhammer Windows and Doors in Ballan. Paarhammer started back in 1990 as Design and Handicraft Furniture in a small rented garage, making fine furniture and European style kitchens. In 1991 the business moved to a small factory in the Ballan Industrial Estate and employed their first apprentice.
When Tony and Edith started to build their own home in 1991, they couldn’t find the energy efficient windows and doors they grew up with in Austria. Tony already had a background in window making, and so they decided to found the business.
In 1996 the couple decided to change the name to ‘Paarhammer’, their surname, as a sign that they stand fully behind their products – and the business became a company. Several extensions to the original factory were put on as the business grew.
For the 20th business anniversary in 2010 Paarhammer moved to a large purpose-built factory which has been extended twice since and includes the latest in CNC machinery and even a spray-painting robot. With water, light and waste management and powered by the sun, it is also sustainable.
The couple have received many awards, and have developed new products and product ranges. Throughout the lifetime of the business, they’ve been supported by a great team of dedicated and long serving staff, who manufacture award winning windows and doors for energy efficiency and bushfire safety which are now delivered Australia-wide.
To give back, they’ve run a work experience that has trained over 50 apprentices, and are deeply involved in their local clubs, providing sponsorship for groups such as the Ballan District Chamber of Commerce, their Local Business awards, and to the Ballan Historical Society.
After 30 years the company is going from strength to strength and has recently employed three new locals as staff, while Tony’s son, Thomas, has joined the family business to lead it into the future.