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  • 2022

    29/04/22 The Property Tribune – Victorian building supplier to spend $50M in new and refurbished stores

    Bowens, a family business that already operates 16 stores in Victoria, will open three new sites in the state and refurbish an additional four in a move the company’s director and chief investment officer Andy Bowen said was in direct response to the current post-COVID construction upturn.

    28/04/22 realestatesource.com.au. – Bowens nails Melton site as part of $50m expansion plan

    Bowens, a family business that already operates 16 stores in Victoria, will open three new sites in the state and refurbish an additional four in a move the company’s director and chief investment officer Andy Bowen said was in direct response to the current post-COVID construction upturn.

    28/04/22 The Age – ‘Perfect storm’: Housing boom triggers Bowens hardware expansion

    Bowens, a family business that already operates 16 stores in Victoria, will open three new sites in the state and refurbish an additional four in a move the company’s director and chief investment officer Andy Bowen said was in direct response to the current post-COVID construction upturn.

    28/04/22 The Sydney Morning Herald – ‘Perfect storm’: Housing boom triggers Bowens hardware expansion

    Independent hardware chain Bowens will spend $50 million on a major store expansion throughout Victoria as the industry weathers the combined pressures of a construction boom, rising prices and supply shortages.

    08/03/22 9 News – Women tradies working to smash bias out of the construction industry

    The days when women were rebuffed and discouraged from working in trades fortunately appear to be behind us, but there’s still plenty of bias to break when it comes to females in the industry.

    25/02/22 Eventbrite – How Creators are Celebrating International Women’s Day with Events (And How You Can Too)

    With almost 130 years of experience supplying hardware to the construction industry in Victoria, Bowens is committed to encouraging the next generation of women to get involved in traditionally male-dominated professions.

    11/02/22 The Australian Business Review- How Melbourne hardware firm Bowens has thrived and survived

    John says his greatest learning from his father, who in his heyday famously knew the names of every staff member, was “to be honest and to engage with people beyond just the work they are doing.”

    01/02/22 The Fifth Estate – The prefab timber and building supply business is booming

    Today, Bowens is among the biggest 150 privately-owned companies in Australia. It has 16 stores throughout Melbourne, it has a lightweight timber prefabrication business that Bowen claims is the most technologically advanced in Australia, and it’s got a major digitalisation strategy underway.

    25/01/22 PV Magazine – Building materials company Bowens invests $1.2 million in solar and sustainability future

    Victoria’s Bowens has invested $1.2 million in a large scale rooftop solar installation along with power factor correction units in order to cut its carbon emissions and promote sustainable practices in the construction sector.

    17/01/22 Eco Voice – Bowens invests $1.2M for a sustainable future

    Investing over $1.2M into the project, Bowens is introducing efforts to improve energy efficiencies across their stores and contribute cleaner energy to the grid through the installation of solar panels and Power Factor Correction Units (PFCs).

    11/01/22 Real Estate – Victorian construction boom comes with new-home buyer warning as wait times blow out

    One of the nation’s biggest timber providers, Bowens, on Monday announced a $1.2m move towards reinforcing its energy supply with power factor units and solar modules to reduce the risk of summer blackouts affecting manufacturing, and to cut their carbon footprint.

  • 2021

    15/11/21 Star Mail – Retiring after 48 years with Bowens

    Bowens has a reputation for having long term employees, something Mount Evelyn branch manager Brett Howlett said is a testament to the Bowen family and the opportunities created by the company.

    30/10/21 Real Estate – Two-year wait to build amid record Melbourne boom

    Bowens managing director John Bowen heads the nation’s largest timber-frame supplier and said while Melbourne’s recent construction sector shutdown had helped them “catch up a little bit”, and mills improving efficiencies by up to 10 per cent since Covid-19 arrived in Australia, the industry that prided itself on being as reliable as “bread and milk” for the past 20 years could do nothing more to speed up production.

    22/10/21 Real Estate – Master Builders analysis shows 360 Victorian building businesses insolvent in a year

    Bowens timber boss John Bowen, whose firm is the nations leading timber frames supplier, this week said their firm had noticed it took most builders “a week or two to get started”.

    14/10/21 Star Journal – Timber legend marks 60

    From a lineage of sports champions, Jeff Harvey has scored an incredible 60 years with Bowens…The workplace has been well and truly central to his life and part of his family.

    06/07/21 CMO – Bringing digital service delivery to building supplies

    For 127-year-old timber and hardware business, Bowens, that represents the perfect opportunity to win the trade and loyalty of a new generation of Australia’s booming building industry.

    03/06/21 Honan Insurance Group – Honing In on Our Partners: Bowens

    The technology within our manufacturing at Timbertruss is the first of its kind in the world. We have taken automation to a completely new level in the industry, that will revolutionise the way homes are built in Australia.

Media Releases

  • 2022

    23/02/22 – Bowens Women in Trade Event

    The Margaret Hickey Award has been developed to celebrate women working in construction, while encouraging the next generation of women in trade.

    10/01/22 – Bowens invests in sustainable business

    Investing over $1.2M into the project, Bowens is introducing efforts to improve energy efficiencies across their stores and contribute cleaner energy to the grid through the installation of solar panels and Power Factor Correction Units (PFCs).

  • 2021

    01/10/21 – Bowens responds to challenges for building industry

    In the face of global price increases for supplies and a concurrent increase in construction across the country, Bowens told builders that demand will stabilise, resulting in adequate supply for those projects, giving builders the confidence to plan for the future.

    23/06/21 – Bowens growth is beyond the building boom of the pandemic

    Bowens, a fourth-generation, family-owned Australian business and market leader in supplying the largest variety of quality timber and building supplies in Australia, is projected to show a 13 per cent increase in revenue jumping from $367 million in FY 2020 to a projected $416 million in FY 2021.

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