Bill Threadgold and Rhonda Cooling have defied the difficulties of the manufacturing sector in building Air Diffusion from humble beginnings into a thriving air-conditioning components, manufacturer and supply business employing 140 people.
The key to their success is a willingness to supply anything to do with airconditioners, mainly to the trade, whether the job is large or small.
“My partner Bill Threadgold was a sheet metal worker when he started the business 27 years ago and I joined forces with him in 1991,” Ms Cooling said.
“It was tough in the early years because we were raising nine children and developing a small business,” she said.
They have stuck to it through the tough times and seen the business thrive, working on many big jobs including currently supplying all the air-conditioning componentry for the new Adelaide Hospital.
The business started by wholesaling products and supplying the
trade with componentry and air-conditioning parts and then it began manufacturing through their own sheet metal shops and making aluminium grilles for air-conditioning.
Ms Cooling said their aim is to be recognised as the leading Australian manufacturer and supplier of quality, innovative air-conditioning and refrigeration componentry to the industry.
“When I started we had one little location and there were four on staff and now it is 140 people, mostly in South Australia, but also in Darwin and Brisbane and we have distributors in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and New Zealand,” Ms Cooling said.