As one of Australia’s largest suppliers and installers of building products, the Stoddart Group is an integral part of today’s housing industry, not just as a supplier of essential components, such as steel roofing and framing, but also as an innovator and a driver of change.
The company’s origins trace back to 1959, when it was founded by Tom and Albert Stoddart as a sheet metal manufacturer. The business’s first foray into the housing sector came in 1978 when it pioneered the use of metal fascia in the Australian market with a new supply and install model.
It wasn’t until 1991, however, that Stoddart really started to gain traction as a construction industry supplier, under the direction of Albert’s son, Jon Stoddart, who continues to lead the business today.
Over the decades, the Stoddart brand has become synonymous with quality and innovation. Being a family business delivers the flexibility and agility required to quickly adapt to changing market demands, to push boundaries, explore how building processes can be streamlined, and to experiment with product diversification.
‘Our mission is to create solutions that deliver a better way to build,’ Jon explains. ‘We are continually looking at ways to build faster, stronger, better, and looking at the processes of how we can help builders do this. We put a lot of emphasis on safety to ensure we’re building a positive and progressive working environment.’
Today the Stoddart Group employs 550 staff and has 30-plus branches located from Cairns down to Adelaide. Its dominant product lines include steel framing, roofing, energy, cladding and garage doors. Jon describes the business model as ‘supply and install’; Stoddart works directly with 2500 builders across Australia – ‘from those who build five homes a year, to those who build 5000 a year’– coordinating product delivery and providing qualified personnel onsite to erect and install those products.