Company Profile

Farrawell Glass & Aluminium was founded in 1974 by Kevin and Phyllis Farrawell.

Kevin had been involved in the aluminium window industry since 1964 in the capacity of Branch Manager for 2 regional companies prior to setting up business.

Production from Farrawell Aluminium commenced from a shed at the rear of the then family home. Products manufactured from this establishment included domestic windows and sliding doors as well as the occasional shopfront.

Business grew from this point and in 1976 it finally outgrew these surroundings and production was moved to larger premises in the central business area of Kempsey. As a result of this move, the types of products manufactured increased to include more regularly shopfronts, showerscreens, cut to size glass and mirror robe doors. A second outlet was opened in Coffs Harbour in 1978 to service the northern area of New South Wales. In 1983 as business continued to expand a new factory was built at South Kempsey (directly opposite the original place of business).

The year 2000 also saw more expansion for Farrawell Aluminium, with the opening of Farrawell Powdercoaters - the most up-to-date powder coating factory on the Mid North Coast - right next door in Nance Road, and a new showroom in Port Macquarie.

The area now serviced regularly, for domestic and shopfront windows, covers from south of Port Macquarie to north of Coffs Harbour. Whilst the commercial division oversees the manufacture and installation of many large scale Public Works developments and commercial works throughout New South Wales, including Wilcannia Hospital Redevelopment, Camden High School, Grafton Juvenile Correctional Facility, Mid North Coast Correctional Centre, The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney and many more.

In 1989 Kevin came up with the concept of an aluminium entry door, The Alumdor, to replace the traditional timber type. The design and development of this door has been controlled entirely by Kevin himself. This idea has been developed until today it is a reality, with continual improvements and variations being developed. The scope for this product is virtually limitless. Alumdors have been supplied to Australian destinations as far away as Tasmania and the Northern Territory. A small number have also been sent to a display village in Japan.

In 2005 Kevin & Phyllis’s sons Mark & Benn purchased the business and continued with the production of the products that were the core of the business. With the slowing of domestic work in the local area around this time, the business aimed more towards growing sales of the commercial and government line of products.

June of 2009 saw the departure of Benn Farrawell from the company and Mark’s wife Susan took over Benn’s position as a Director of the company.

In late 2009, with the local domestic work still running very slow the company signed a licensee agreement with Bradnams Windows and Doors to capture a larger portion of the market with an improved range of domestic window and door products.