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.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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