50 Years in the making

IanHarrington_businessTasmanian road surfacing institution Roadways turned back the clock this week to acknowledge its founder, the late Ian Harrington as it clocks up 50 years of service in the state.

Starting as a humble operation with two employees in 1964, Ian Harrington used his vision, business acumen and commitment to quality to develop the business into an industry icon. Today, the Group employs more than 100 Tasmanians statewide.

As the Company celebrates the anniversary, it will pay homage to its origins launching a new identity the ‘Ian Harrington Group’ with local businesses Roadways, Statewide Linemarking, Zaganite Specialised Coatings (Tasmania), Zaganite Coating Services (Victoria), Protector Rail and Rockit Asphalting incorporated under its umbrella.

Ian Harrington Group Chair Val Smith said the 50-year milestone was a significant opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of Ian and his legacy of a commitment to quality.

“Ian was a stickler for quality and doing things right. Today we see an organisation that has inherited and maintained these values, driven by excellence, innovation and continuing to push industry boundaries via investment, technology and training,” he said.

“To remain a privately owned and operated Tasmanian business in today’s economic environment is a challenge in itself let alone to flourish and diversify so successfully. We see this longevity as a testament to the strong business platform Ian established in those early days,” said Mr Smith.

“We also felt the timing was right to acknowledge Ian’s legacy, particularly with a recent expansion in 2013 with the acquisitions of Protector Rail, Zaganite Victoria and Rockit broadening the profile and service provision of the Company.”

Mr Smith elaborated that it was also beyond the business realm where Mr Harrington was familiar to many Tasmanians through his generosity and community involvement leaving a strong imprint on the local landscape.

‘Ian had a very strong entrepreneurial streak that held him in good stead advancing the business but he is also well-known for supporting the community at a grass-roots level and racing pursuits, heavily involved in race cars including Bathurst and the Australian Touring Car Circuit.”

“He was a regular at Baskerville Raceway and you would be just as likely to find his head under a bonnet than in a shirt and tie for his regular business networking,” said Mr Smith.

Today, Roadways is synonymous with road surfacing in the state as a preferred contractor for the Department of Infratructute, Energy and Resources (DIER) and involved in a range of high profile infrastructure projects including the Brighton and Kingston Bypasses, and currently surfacing the Tarkine Tourist Road and State-wide resurfacing contracts for the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER).