Investments

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Graham Lusty Trailers (GLT) is a premium trailer builder specialising in aluminium end tippers, side tippers, walking floors, horizontal belt discharge, bottom dump, belly tankers and race car transporters.

Research and development is a key element to GLT's business strategy, with close to $1 million per year invested in refining and expanding the product range. New markets have been entered, including race car transporters and walking floor trailers. Manufacturing and servicing facilities are located in Brisbane and Melbourne. 

The Chairman, Graham Lusty, is the founder of the business and is enjoying expanding operations with the help of Teaminvest Private. Teaminvest Private invested in GLT in 2012.

With Teaminvest Private's involvement:

  • Established a second factory in Melbourne.
  • Further enhanced its comparative design advantages.
  • Improved marketing activities resulting in significant sales increases.
  • Succession planning to allow Graham Lusty to step back and James Yerbury to be his successor.
  • Appointed John Lupton as CEO to guide the company towards an IPO. 

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Whites Diesels Australia (WDA) supplies quality replacement parts for European brands and other popular bus and truck makes. WDA has locations in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. They deliver throughout Australia and New Zealand. The founders, Darryl White and Rodney Hemaridis, are passionate about partnering with Teaminvest Private for the next stage of the business. Teaminvest Private invested in WDA in 2013.
 

With Teaminvest Private's involvement:

  • Expanded its product range from predominantly Mercedes Benz to all major European truck and bus brands.
  • Commenced the process of examining distribution arrangements with select non-European brands.
  • Opened new branches in Townsville, Adelaide and Newcastle paving the way for further expansion.

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DecoGlaze Glass Splashbacks (DecoGlaze) is the premier supplier of glass splashback products in New South Wales. Products are primarily used in bathrooms, kitchens and commercial offices and are manufactured in Sydney. The Managing Director, Jason Hedges, is the founder of the business and is excited about expanding nationwide with the help of Teaminvest Private. Teaminvest Private invested in DecoGlaze in 2013.
 

With Teaminvest Private's involvement:

  • Expanded its offering to service commercial as well as residential customers. 
  • Internally hired a production manager to enable Jason to focus on strategy.
  • Acquired a custom built, world leading, digital glass printing machine to enable seamless production of unique designs. 
  • Developed a transport solution to enable geographic expansion outside NSW. 

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Found Beverages (Found) is a carbon neutral manufacturer and distributor of premium sparkling infused waters. All products are entirely natural and contain no preservatives, concentrates or GMOs. The Founders, Mark De Luca and Onur Kece, are working with Teaminvest Private to accelerate the next stage of their international expansion. Teaminvest Private invested in Found in 2014.

With Teaminvest Private's involvement:

  • Increased its market reach from 250 locations in 2 countries to 2,000 locations in 5 countries.
  • Acquired key clients, including The Fresh Market, Hilton Hotels, Caffe Bene, W Hotel, Soho House, The Standard & Walgreens.
  • Concluded a second round of capital raising to fund further expansion. 

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East Coast Traffic Control (ECT) is a Queensland based provider of traffic control solutions to Government and the construction industry. The Founder, Wayne Miles, is enjoying the challenge of working with Teaminvest Private to build upon ECT's considerable reputation as the gold standard in reliability. Teaminvest Private invested in ECT in 2014.

With Teaminvest Private's involvement:

  • Further expanded their North Queensland footprint with a new depot established in Gladstone.
  • Undertaken significant enhancements to the reporting and tendering process to enable more efficient operation.

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The Outdoor Furniture Specialists (TOFS) is the largest Australian retailer of outdoor furniture. Operating a national footprint the business incorporates retail outlets and an importing arm. Teaminvest Private invested in TOFS in 2014.

With Teaminvest Private's involvement:

  • Set up TOFS branded retail finance offerings for customers.
  • Established financing options for franchisees to improve cash flow.
  • Worked with franchisees to reduce capital intensity of store operations.
  • Embarked upon a review of marketing and branding to increase margins and enhance TOFS’ position.

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Automation Group (AG) is one of Australia's leading experts in SCADA and telemetry products for use in the water, energy and mining sectors. In addition to designing and manufacturing solutions they provide comprehensive support and technical services contractors, integrators and end users. Orgininally founded by Ken and Sue Nisbet, Automation Group has been led by their sons Adrian and Graham since 2006. Teaminvest Private has partnered with Adrian and Graham to help expand the business nationally as well as realise value for their parents. Teaminvest Private invested in AG in 2014.

With Teaminvest Private's involvement:

  • Rationalized its corporate structure to enable management to focus on key goals. 
  • Commenced mentoring Adrian and Graham Nisbet as they work to expand the business.

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Coastal Energy is one of Queensland’s leading electrical contracting companies that specialises in Overhead and Underground electrical work. Our services are utilised by Developers, Councils and Government bodies in the supply and installation of electrical work including street lighting of new subdivisions both residential, industrial and large customer connections. We are very proud of our excellent safety record and hold the highest possible rating with  Energex, Ergon Energy and Essential Energy. At present we employ 65 staff at our two locations on the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane. The founders of the company Greg Doolan and Glenn Williams partnered with Teaminvest Private in 2014.

With Teaminvest Private's involvement:
  • Appointed a General Manager to allow the Executive Chairman to spend more time developing new business.
  • Upgraded online employment methods to recruit staff more closely aligned with the company's culture.
  • Implemented a Learning and Development program to ensure that Leading Hands have the training skills to guide and develop new recruits.
  • Invested in new equipment so the company can undertake its own overhead work, minimising the need for subcontractors. 

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Kitome is one of Australia's leading designer and suppliers of kit homes. Kitome specialises in custom designing kit homes for customers, with the range of options limited only by their imagination. Kitome can supply timber, brick steel or weatherboard homes anywhere in Australia. Kitome was founded by Dean and Direlle Neville, who continue to drive the business. Teaminvest Private invested in Kitome in 2014.

With Teaminvest Private's involvement:
  • Appointed a dedicated national sales manager.
  • Expanded the sales agent network.
  • Now has sales offices in all states except NT.
  • Grown the sales pipeline 25% higher than any previous period.

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Icon Metal is the largest provider of architectural metal and glass work in our chosen markets with a track record exceeding 30 years. Icon Metal has worked on some landmark projects including the Harbour Bridge, the Olympic Stadium and the Circular Quay. Teaminvest Private invested in Icon Metal in 2016.

With Teaminvest Private's involvement: 
  • Began broadening presence in the architectural glass market.
  • Increasingly servicing the three layers of Government to reduce cyclicality.
  • Leveraging its new-found confidence to more assertively bid for large projects.
  • Corporatising the company to make it more robust.
  • As a result, the current pipeline is more filled than ever.