Ison and Co Pty Ltd was established in 1917 in Nowra NSW, from humble beginnings with just a sawmill and two horse drawn carts in Bridge Road Nowra. Since this time the Ison family have continually owned and operated the hardware store and over the past 100 years Ison and Co Pty Ltd have expanded to having four convenient locations which stock quality products, one in the centre of Nowra which caters for a wide population of surrounding growth areas north of the Shoalhaven and from within the CBD. The South Nowra store, which is the biggest of the four stores, is situated on the out skirts of Nowra and provides most of the areas south, east and west of the Shoalhaven, the majority of the deliveries are from this store and they also stock the sand, soil and gravel products. The other two stores, Sanctuary Point and Huskisson, generally service the population around Vincentia, Huskisson, St Georges Basin, Basin View, Erowal Bay, Hyams Beach, Falls Creek and Jervis Bay.
Ison and Co Pty Ltd have also expanded their products, not just stocking the traditional timber, hardware and building products, Ison and Co Pty Ltd also stock a range of gas supplies, welding supplies, sand, soil and gravel products – other products not in stock can be sourced for the customer. All products are available for pick up or delivery. In addition to products Ison and Co Pty Ltd also operate a crane, truck, tilt tray, loader and cherry picker hire business.
Ison and Co Pty Ltd have four Directors:
Margaret Prott nee Ison – Started in the family business in 1954, Margaret left the business in 1957 when she married. Margaret returned to the business in 1976 and continues to work in the Bridge Road store assisting with payroll.
John Ison – Started in the family business in 1952, John has vast experience working as a timber salesman and milling timber, John enjoys working with timber and continues to work in the mill in Bridge Road.
Michael “Mick” Ison – Started in the family business in 1955, initially working in the timber mill in Bridge Road. Once the South Nowra site was established, Mick took over the operations and expanded into crane hire and overseeing deliveries and expansion to the four stores Ison and Co Pty Ptd operate today.
Philippa Loadsman nee Ison – Started in the family business in 1958 in the office, Philippa continues to work in the business today helping keep the accounts in order in the Bridge Road store.
Ison and Co Pty Ltd also has a store Manager for each of the four stores, a Human Resource Manager, Timber Purchasing Officer, a general Purchasing Officer, a mobile Sales Representative and a Logistics / Transport Manager. Overall Ison and Co Pty Ltd employ approximately 97 staff. All accounts are dealt with in the Bridge Road store.
Ison and Co Pty Ltd is also a member of the Home Timber and Hardware Group which gives access to great buying power which in turn Ison and Co can offer very competitive prices.