Oldfields continues to expand.
A 32,000 square metre site at Campbelltown was purchased to cater for the continuing growth of the company.
The ladder manufacturing division was relocated and a serious assault on the growing market was made with the introduction of the revolutionary ‘Contractor’ ladder. It had features and benefits no other manufacturer could emulate and with a then unheard-of load rating of 150kg.
So advanced was the technology and design it won an ‘Australian Design Award’, which was quite an achievement for a company that had only been in the ladder manufacturing industry for six years.
New products continued to be added to the ever-growing range to keep pace with the demanding trade and handyman market. The ‘Oldfields Pro Series’, a complete range of products manufactured and marketed specifically for the professional painter was launched.
The ‘Pro Series’ range of roller covers were the first to be introduced with fabrics so superior that they could cover up to 30% more than their competitors. They were colour coded for easy identification and their introduction, along with a complete range of roller painting accessories, would change the way paint application products would be marketed and merchandised in Australia. These products would lead a complete range of ‘Pro Series’ paint brushes, painters’ tools, airless sprayers and ladders. All colour coded and all superior products.
In 1998 Oldfields acquired Lincoln Brush Co Pty Limited and integrated that business into its Australian operations.