More than 60 years ago, Tom Brain set up a building supplies business that still runs in Shepparton today. He tells Rob McLean about his long involvement in the local area.November 21, 2012 2:56pm
Tom Brain set up Brain’s Building Supplies more than 60 years ago, and if he could the 81-year-old would still be working there today.
"I would love it," he said.
An innate competitive nature took Tom into the business; it made him one of Shepparton’s best golfers; and it took him to within centimetres of winning the epitome of harness racing, the Inter-Dominion. The glint that is common in the eyes of a competitor is still evident in Tom’s eyes today.
Tom completed an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery with Keith Gale, sensing immediately that if he was to be working eight hours a day he wanted it to be "productive".
That "productive" purpose became Brain’s Building Supplies. The retail business, originally set up in Shepparton’s Mariem St, was directed at the home builder and tradesman and at one stage employed about 30 people.
Reflecting on his advertisements of 45 years ago for the business, which was then in Benalla Rd, Tom said his then weekly "building special" was appreciated by tradesmen and home builders.
Demonstrating that innovation and creativity can apply to any industry, Tom designed and bulk-manufactured "Brain-Bilt" windows- which enabled builders to order house-lots of windows simply by listing the numbers associated with the types of windows they needed.
The machinations of a family business and succession has seen what was Brain’s Building Supplies become Brain’s Roofing Supplies, and Tom senior is no longer directly involved.
Tom, who puts great store in social connection, spends some of his spare time selling and delivering fresh fruit and vegetables to individuals and business-people throughout the Goulburn Valley.
An elderly man disturbed a woman in his backyard on Wednesday morning after she allegedly attempted to break into his Shepparton home, a police officer says.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
Best and fairest winner Kiara Cooper to lead Echuca Youth Girls in Sunday's grand final against Kyabram.
Julie Sands and Sheridan Clark have been kept busy, visiting Rochester recently yo dispense free coats to residents.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram supermarket seeks $10 million expansion, increasing by about a third into adjacent car park area.
Public interest to determine Deniliquin Town Hall refurbishment.
Milk co-operative, Murray Goulburn has posted a record financial result, recording an after tax profit of $29 million.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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