Get to Know Us Inside Out

Have you ever wanted to see where our beautiful custom made shutters, louvres and screens are designed and created?  Take a virtual tour of our 3,000 m2 factory by clicking here and then navigate around the place.

If you are considering shutters for a bespoke project, why not arrange a visit to come and see our operation in practice? You'll also be able to interact with our craftsmen to understand a little more about what goes into the OpenShutters experience.

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Another completed apprenticeship

Belated congratulations go to our 'former' apprentice Aaron Pomeroy, who last month successfully completed his apprenticeship in Furniture Finishing.  For the past four years, Aaron has been a key member of our paint team, and he is the latest in a long line of apprentices to have completed his training with OpenShutters.  We were pleased to offer him a full time position going forward, and have no doubt that he will continue to develop his skills in helping ensure the finishes on our custom made product are of the highest possible calibre.
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Every Day is a School Day

We were delighted to welcome Year 10 students from Berkeley Vale High to the factory this week.  The students were keen to learn about our manufacturing process, and get an insight into the “real workplace” and discuss pathways to apply for apprenticeships.

Gail and our apprentice Keller O’Sullivan were delighted to show them around the factory, and demonstrate the various stages of the production process responsible for making our high quality, custom made shutters.  Who knows, we may see one or more of these students again in the coming years………

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Rogue One-s

December 2016 saw the latest instalment of the Star Wars saga, the title of which prompted a timely reminder that not all shutters are created equal, and that consumers should be inquisitive when researching their shutter supplier options, and guard against possible rogue products and suppliers.

Over the years, we have seen many products claiming to be a similar standard to that of an OpenShutter, but (using a Harrison Ford link) you need to be aware of “What Lies Beneath”, and the pictures of another company's shutters attached to the end of this blog are very revealing.

Questions you should therefore ask include:-

Are the components cut from solid timber, as is the case with an OpenShutter?  Be aware of offcuts joined together to give the look of appearing solid.

Are there any signs of paint cracking (an indicator of instability in the timber beneath)?

How will the shutters be installed?  Will they function as you want them to?  How will you clean them, and what happens when your kid’s soccer ball takes out a blade or two by accident?  Will you have to wait an eternity to have them replaced?

We understand that choosing shutters is an investment, therefore we would encourage customers to ask as many questions as possible in order to ensure you receive the maximum benefit from that investment.

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Telstra Telephone Outage

You may have seen the news regarding the issue at the Telstra exchange today, and unfortunately our phone lines are among those affected.  Internet and e-mails all appear to be fine though, so please use info@openshutters.com.au should you wish to contact us.  Hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly.
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Sustainability Awards 2016

OpenShutters was pleased to play its part in supporting the recent Sustainability Awards night in association with Architecture & Design.  The event, held at Doltone House in Sydney, was celebrating its 10th year, and we were proud to sponsor the Single Dwelling (Alterations and Additions) category, won by Victoria-based Guild Architects.  Director Penny Guild is pictured below receiving the award from Gail.

Congratulations to all involved in the various projects.

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Black To The Future

Being custom made, everything about our product is tailored to what a customer wants and how we can best achieve this.  A couple of our recent projects have included Western Red Cedar shutters with unusually dark finishes.

If you can imagine it, we can create it………..

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