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Who We Are
With a history spanning 90 years, our family-owned business has thrived on long-term relationships built on our core values of pride, accountability and a will-do attitude.
We are passionate about providing Water Solutions for a Healthier Environment.
The Company that was to become Galvin Engineering was formed in 1930 by Larry Duffy and Albert Gordan and was originally called Premier Engineering. In 1947, Roy Galvin bought out Albert Gordan's share, and soon after in 1953 son Jim Galvin joined the business. When Larry Duffy retired in 1967, he sold his share to Roy Galvin. The Company was incorporated in 1969 with Roy and his three sons, John, Jim and Tony all holding shares.
The firm was renamed Galvin Engineering Pty Ltd in 1971. During the 1970's Galvin Engineering bought out Henderson & Gribble and moved extensively into ferrous and non-ferrous castings. Roy Galvin passed away in 1984, and in 1985 Jim's son Paul Galvin, joined the company. John and Jim bought Tony's share in 1986, and purchased Roy's shares in 1987.
In keeping with the family tradition of providing quality products and service, in 1991 the company received certification to ISO 9001, and had continued to improve the company's production capabilities, safety systems and staff development.
The year of 1992 was an exciting year of change. Roy Galvin's second son, Jim Galvin, and his two sons, Paul and Chris, acquired the total shareholdings in the Company, and Chris joined the business. The Company also shifted into custom built premises in Malaga, incorporating an impressive and technologically advanced machine shop and foundry. In 1997, Jim retired, and Paul & Chris acquired Jim’s shares in the business.
In 2001 a new staff initiative was launched called the Galvin Engineering Gain Share Plan. The plan entitles all eligible employees to a share of the Company's profits once certain targets have been met. We were proud to win the 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 3rd Generation Category, and 2006 Best Family Business Employer Category of the WA FBA Family Business of the Year Awards.
Galvin Engineering has continued to expand into new markets, with the opening of a branch in NSW in 1997, a VIC branch in 2000, a branch in QLD in 2005 and a branch in SA in 2011. In 2012 the company was proud to receive ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification.
In 2014 the company was inducted into the FBA Hall of Fame and in 2016 we were proud to win the Product Innovation Award at the Design in Mental Health conference in the United Kingdom, for one of our anti-ligature mental health shower controllers.
The fourth generation of the Galvin Family was introduced in 2015 with Paul's son Tim joining the team to lead the Company's information technology strategy. In 2020, Paul’s younger son Tom joined the business, and is working in operations and is leading our environmental initiatives. This ensures the Company will continue to surge forward with the Galvin family at the helm.
Sales to export markets are also an important component of our growth with orders over the years to the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United States, Korea, Brunei, Bahrain, Singapore and Dubai. In 2016 we appointed a distributor in New Zealand - Nimbl Group, a distributor in the USA - Intersan, and a distributor in the UK - Wallgate.
In 2018,Galvin Engineering was the first company in the commercial plumbing industry in Australia to release a range of Lead Safe taps and valves using special GalvinClear materials and design specifications. The company celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2020.