Our History - 60 years and counting
Ludbrook’s Joinery was founded by Ken Ludbrook in around 1955. He purchased the vacant land in Water Street, and built the factory where we still operate from today – over 60 years later. Ken also purchased our mortise and tenon machinery at this time, and these machines are still in use today as we construct solid timber windows and doors.
In 1962 the business became a registered company. Ken and his wife, Eileen, worked together in the business for the rest of their lives and were later joined by their children – Kenneth and Elizabeth.
Originally, builders would order a “house lot” of joinery, which would include some basic kitchen and bathroom cupboards, all timber windows and flush panel internal house doors. They used a Mainline Ute to deliver these in the Ballarat area.
In the early 1960s there were approximately 25 employees, many of these immigrated from Europe. Ludbrook’s Joinery has always employed apprentices, and has been active in training young people and passing on joinery skills over the past 60 years. Ken’s grandson, Tom, has always been interested and enthusiastic in the trade and keen to learn from an early age. He has now progressed through an apprenticeship and engineering degree to take over the business. Tom has received many accolades for his joinery skills in state and national awards and takes much pride in completing a product of high standard.
As joinery has become more sophisticated, so too, has the machinery. We now have a computerized CNC nesting machine being the main machine used to produce precise, quality products. The materials used have also developed and the options are immense.
Certificates & Awards
- 2016 National Worldskills Project designer and Judge (Melbourne competition)
- 2014 National Worldskills Project designer and Judge (Perth competition)
- 2010 Worldskills Australia National Silver Medal
- 2009 Worldskills Australia Regional Gold Medal
- 2008 John Tiddy Memorial Award Victoria and Tasmania winner
- 2008 Worldskills Australia National Forth Place
- 2007 Worldskills Australia Regional Gold Medal
- Master Builders Overall best apprentice
- Master Builders Third year apprentice of the year
- Master Builders First year apprentice of the year
- Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Graduated with Honors
Ludbrook’s Joinery promotes and supports the integration of sustainability into our products and processes. We embraced the challenge to include sustainability concepts and methods in project design. This trend aligns with society and industry standards regarding sustainability. Society and Industry in general, stand to benefit from a focus on sustainability. Our workplace standards and attitudes promote and practice sustainable concepts.
We design our factory operations to be as lean as possible. This is assisted with late model energy efficient plant. We have a focus on waste minimisation and reuse where we can. We recognise the timber we source to be a sustainable resource and try to keep its embodied energy to a minimum. We provide products to the building industry which complement and assist the energy efficiency of buildings.
“Time and time again I have been impressed with the professionalism and quality of the work from Tom and the boys. I often find myself recommending them to friends and clients.” — Daniel, Adriaans Building Contractors