by Orange City Life
Two decades on, “Inland Blinds & Shutters” is still operating from the old mill factory from which the scenic village derives its name, with shop outlets now in Orange and Bathurst.
“We came to Millthorpe from Sydney to start a factory producing timber venetian and plantation timber components from Western Red Cedar which we imported from Canada,” Hans explained.
“These parts were wholesaled to blind and shutter manufacturers, mainly in Sydney,” he said, adding that the lure of the retail market soon enticed their interest.
“About 2004, we decided to go into retailing finished timber blinds using the trading name ‘The Wood Blinds Factory’ with a showroom and factory in Millthorpe.
“Some-time later, we opened a retail shop and showroom in Adelaide but found the constant travel to keep that business supplied with stock and the management of it, too taxing for us and closed that business, opening a showroom in Bathurst instead. A little bit closer to home this time.”
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