The Outdoor Structures story
The original company, Gatton Sawmilling Co., was founded in 1950 by Mr. Edgar D. Stubbersfield in partnership with others. Edgar was a builder but had become so dissatisfied with the quality of the timber available for house construction that he started his own sawmill.
Our business was founded with a commitment to quality. This policy continues to this day and is evidenced by our products being formally recognised as being of exceptional quality.
We traded from the same premises in Gatton since our inception, adding to our initial sawmilling activities a planing mill as well as a treatment plant, cartage division, logging operation and private forests. Gatton, where the business is situated, is a small university town (6,000 people) in South East Queensland about 1 hours' drive west of the State capital, Brisbane. It is also on the main transport routes to southern states.
In January 1997 the business was split into separate trading entities. This allowed Ted Stubbersfield (Edgar's son) to concentrate on weather exposed timber structures for both domestic and export markets. Early in 2000 Gatton Sawmilling Co. changed its name to Outdoor Structures Australia Pty. Ltd.
In 2012, the time came to close Outdoor Structures and for Ted to go into semi-retirement. Ted made an arrangement with Chris Blackledge who had been in charge of production to lease the premises, purchase the equipment and continue manufacturing our products under license.
He started a new company called Infrastrucxion Pty Ltd as the vehicle to do this. Ted has been engaged as a consultant to assist Chris in the transition.
Our aim is to constantly improve and add to our already extensive range of products.
Contact Ted Stubbersfield
Contact Ted to discuss how he assisst your organisation through timber design consultancy »:
Phone: 07 5462 5532
Mobile: 0414 770 261
Contact Chris Blackledge of Infrastrucxion Pty. Ltd. for timer products and sales on:
Phone: +61 (7) 5462 4255
Or visit our enquiry page.
Australian Technology Showcase video
Watch Ted Stubbersfield share something of the utdoor Structures difference on this Australian Technology Showcase video.
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"We started with $24,000, a planer on lease, about $90,000 in stock and some land leased from the family.
We have since changed the company name, rebuilt the treatment plant to modern environmental standards, added a kiln, new planer, out-feed and storage shed."
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Outdoor Structures Australia has been granted membership into the Australian Technology Showcase for its innovative