End of year wrap up from Safetyline Jalousie’s Directors

A year seems to be such a great expanse of time, but when it is nearing the end, it all seems to have passed incredibly quickly. What a year 2020 has been.

It all began with much excitement and anticipation as we began to celebrate our 10th Anniversary but were suddenly encountered with deadly wildfires, flooding and then the COVID-19 outbreak.

Against the backdrop of the global Coronavirus pandemic, the events of 2020 brought new challenges no one was prepared for, changing the way we live, the way we work and how we connect with each other.

As we reflect on this year as business owners, we would like to pass on our thanks to our team, our suppliers and our clients for what has still been a successful and productive year.

Before we finish, we have chosen to wrap up 2020 with some of our good news stories and a sneak peek of what is in store for Safetyline Jalousie in 2021.

During the devastating wildfires we adopted 10 koalas from the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie. With our support they have received excellent care which has allowed them to heal and flourish. The hospital has kept us updated on their recovery and rehabilitation with the majority of them now released back in their home ranges.

We also participated in the CEO Dare to Cure taking on hair raising challenges including jumping in a tub of snakes and an ice bath. The event had initially aimed to raise $700,000 for vital childhood cancer research. We are incredibly happy to announce that over $1 million was raised by the participating CEO’s and their supporters. A fantastic result for a very worthy cause.

Given the unparalleled hardships that business owners have experienced since the onset of 2020 we were incredibly honoured to win an Asia Pacific Stevie Award for Innovation in Construction and Manufacturing. We also took out the win at Sydney’s Young Entrepreneur Awards in the Property and Construction category.

In terms of product innovation, this year we released our SmartAir system in conjunction with our automation partner Blue Squared. SmartAir offers a post pandemic solution for architecture which will be key in creating safer buildings. The fully automated, tried and tested complete turnkey solution improves air quality by monitoring temperature, Co2 levels and humidity. The system naturally ventilates spaces by monitoring internal and external ambient temperatures, automatically locking out AC. SmartAir incorporates morning and night purging options to cool the buildings fabric during unoccupied periods reducing air conditioning energy costs. The system also utilises wind and rain sensors to automatically close the louvres without the need for user interaction. More importantly the SmartAir System meets the requirements for air filtration in enclosed air-conditioned spaces. This ultimately improves the health and wellbeing of building occupants and eliminates the spread of airborne diseases while reducing power consumption and costs.

Performance has always been Safetyline Jalousie’s core strength and value proposition. We are constantly innovating to exceed expectations, not just meet them.

So what can you expect from us in 2021?

We will be releasing “Reduxa” a low carbon, greener and cleaner aluminium and the first of its kind in Australia. Using renewable energy from water, wind and solar, Reduxa reduces the carbon footprint per kg of aluminium to 4.0 which is less than a quarter of the global average. The goal is to use as little energy as possible to create high quality aluminium products that are designed to reach client’s sustainability goals and meet the demands of ever more climate-conscious consumers.

Furthermore, we are also in the process of developing our thermally broken louvre window. This new product will be available in the original 135mm blade and a larger 240mm blade and will offer building designers further flexibility and improved performance.

In addition to these exciting product developments, we will continue advocating for Australian manufacturing and raising awareness around the importance of sourcing locally made products to stimulate our own economy before sending funds offshore. We are now committed more than ever to growing jobs and improving health and environmental outcomes for generations to come.

Our office and factory will be closed for the festive season from Friday 18th of December and will re-open on Monday 11th of January.

Thank you again to all of our supporters and we look forward to working with you in 2021.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday break.

 

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Ali Asmar

Business Manager - VIC & SA

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As the most recent addition to the Safetyline Jalousie family, Ali is still coming to terms with the fact that a typical telephone conversation will often be answered with “You’re calling from Safety what”? followed by having to sound out and spell the name “ja-lou-sie” (it happens to us all). Born in Lebanon, Ali has moved around a lot over the years, living in Cyprus, Sydney for most of his Schooling, as well as China and Hong Kong. He currently resides in Melbourne where he spends a lot of time in his garden or doing some sort of work around the house. (Not too dissimilar to many other Melburnians following the onset of Covid). With a very obvious cultured background, Ali is warm and talkative and he’ll get you talking too.

Romile John

National Business Manager

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One of the Safetyine Jalousie originals, Rom (often mistaken for John) holds a great passion for the product. He says its “its innovative, a market leader and ever-evolving, very much like the company itself”. When you meet Rom, it is apparent that he is well-educated and well-travelled. Coming from a family of medical professionals, they moved around extensively and often. Last count was 125 countries. So nearly all of them! It’s really no surprise that Rom has mastered packing a weeks-worth of clothes and necessities into a carry-on bag. And when we say clothes we actually mean meticulously prepared outfits and accessories. When Rom enters a room, you’re sure to know it!

Adam Racomelara

National Manager – Partnerships & Strategy

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Adam is our strategist and big ideas generator whose somewhat reserved nature could have some mistake him as a bit of an introvert. But that’s only until this quiet thinker is given a whiteboard and a marker – and then there’s no stopping the dialogue! 7 Years in at Safetyline Jalousie, Adam is continually expanding on his knowledge of the construction industry and is incredibly driven in his pursuit to help create better buildings via the use of better products. When Adam’s not on his quest to improve Australia’s built environment he’s spending most weekends escorting one of his 4 young kids to birthday parties, sometimes multiple parties. He has some stealth survival tips for other parents currently in the same predicament.

Michael Cocks

Factory Manager

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Michael has become recognised at Safetyline Jalousie for his continually changing hairstyles (facial hair included). Buzz cut, undercut, dreadlocks, even a mullet. We’ve see it all. His current man bun could even be gone before we finish this sentence. Always up for a laugh, friends and colleagues love a chat with Michael, and his easy-going and approachable nature has earned him the respect of all staff. In fact, he even has a cohort of followers on the factory floor sporting his same hairstyles. Outside of work Michael has recently turned his attention to mountain bike riding. His very first ride ended with a pretty serious accident resulting in a deep puncture wound to his leg– it’s been a sore topic for his leg and his ego.

Jonathan Gueudinot

National Logistics & Production Manager

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Our South American Native, Jonathan is more simply and better known as “Chilli” (no need to try and guess his country of origin). After 16 years of military service, Chilli joined the Safetyline Jalousie team for what he describes as “a change of pace”. Although his average work day might look very different these days, there’s no doubt that Chilli’s previous experience has contributed in shaping a culture of commitment, community and comradery within the production team – the very important engine room of our company. Driven by a sense of accomplishment, in addition to running Safetyline Jalousie’s production line with military precision, Chilli has recently been studying hard to complete his Master’s Degree in Business and Logistics.

Mandy Saliba

Marketing Manager

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Mandy has been with Safetyline jalousie since day one so would technically be considered a geriatric in “Jalousie years”. Whilst her role has changed and evolved over her time with the business, one thing that hasn’t is the happy and fun, team culture that she says “continues to make each day at work a joy”. As a mum of two little ones, Mandy thrives on new challenges and a little bit of chaos. Although, as a self-proclaimed clean freak, she ensures that all forms of chaos are kept in a very neat and tidy manner. We’ve also observed that Mandy appears to have an inherent fear of colour and will almost only ever be seen in black or white (or sometimes grey if she is being really out there).

Lisa Spinks

Office Administration Manager

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As a busy mother of 4, Lisa is highly skilled in organising, delegating, and troubleshooting – the proficiencies which she also demonstrates in her daily management of the Safetyline Jalousie office. Lisa tells us that she lives by the saying “What doesn’t break you makes you stronger”. (No doubt she’s had to use this little piece or personal encouragement from time to time to deal with our infinite requests)! Always on the go, Lisa has a very active lifestyle and starts every day with a walk to the beach with her husband and two dogs. Of an evening she still has the energy to spare for star jumps and squats in her makeshift gym/ (our office) before heading home to her other full-time job as “mum”.

 

 

 

Nathan Rust

Founder & National Operations Director

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The younger brother of the co-founding sibling duo, “Nath” is the go-to for just about every technical, install, and manufacturing enquiry that comes via the business. Very early on, Nath’s product knowledge and problem-solving ability saw him organically take on the role of Operations, overseeing the design and management of Safetyline Jalousie’s behind-the-scenes work. When he’s off duty (and not answering a million questions), Nath enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 young kids. You’ll find him cheering on his son at weekend sports, enjoying the water somewhere along the Northern beaches and this lover of food is generally always planning his next big meal. Preferably a Lebanese banquet if anyone can suggest a restaurant he doesn’t frequent already.

Leigh Rust

Founder & Director

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Leigh aka “Wolfpack” is one-half of the driving force behind Safetyline Jalousie and comes with two decades of experience within the Australian manufacturing and construction industry. The multi-award-winning entrepreneur and father of three youngsters is a passionate advocate for supporting Australian-made goods and improving the built environment for future generations to come. Always up for a challenge, Leigh never sits still and is constantly pushing himself to test his physical and mental endurance. He’s given just about everything a go. From amateur MMA fights, triathlons, or personal development endeavours, Leigh stands by the motto, ‘I never lose, either I win or I learn’.

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