In October 1994 Allway Agencies was first registered as a business. It commenced with the proprietor selling cutting fluids to the engineering industry on a part time basis.
Early 1995 the business changed it’s focus to matting products and by June of that year, Allway Matting was registered. The business was operating from a lunchroom table in the corner of a factory at a company called Adloheat, located in Ferntree Gully, Victoria.
In January 1996 offices were built in the factory and a mezzanine with a cutting table was installed above the offices to cut mats to size.
The business had seen slow, steady growth and by June 1998 Allway had employed its first staff member to assist with the cutting of mats and sales work.
1999 saw the beginning of wholesale selling to other matting companies and carpet shops. Up until this point the business had predominantly sold matting to end users.
The business employed it’s second staff member, a full time salesman.
July 2003 saw some significant changes with the business, the name Allway Matting was sold and Allway Distributors was born, a name to infer our change of focus in selling to the wholesale market.
In May 2004, Allway Distributors moved it’s head office and all stock to Burnie, Tasmania. They were employing one full time staff member in the warehouse and one part time staff member in the office.
Allway Distributors began using 3PL services in Melbourne to supply a range of products.
Allway Distributors changed its name to Sterling Supplies to eliminate confusion in the market between Allway Matting and Allway Distributors.
Sterling Supplies employed 2 new staff members. One for office administration and one as a salesman. The business now had 4 full time staff and a part time accounts person.
In January 2010 Sterling Supplies moved into a new premises at 12 Thirkell St, Cooee and began to expand it’s manufacturing capabilities including manufacture of aluminum matting.
In 2013 Sterling Supplies began to focus more on project work and added extra products to the range.
By 2017 the project side of the business was growing at a considerable rate and requiring more staff and by the end of the year employed 10 full time staff members.
At the beginning of 2019, Sterling expanded its range to include Carpark Safety Products and Line Marking to provide a complete flooring finishes package to builders and contractors.
Sterling Supplies opened new warehouses in both Sydney and Melbourne to cater for the ever growing demand of its range of quality products.
Sterling has become a market leader in the supplying and installing of Tactiles, Stair Nosing, Entrance Matting and Carpark Safety Products. With warehouses in Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmania and a Distribution Centre in Brisbane, Sterling Supplies now provides full time employment for more than 15 staff and have advanced themselves to become a preferred supplier to some of Australia’s biggest construction companies.