Mak­ers, a re­gional suc­cess story

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Schier Cab­i­net Mak­ers has dab­bled in a va­ri­ety of ser­vices dur­ing its evo­lu­tion.

An ex­plo­ration into lounge suites and up­hol­stery was brief and a re­turn to a core busi­ness of kitchen cre­ation and ex­pan­sion into com­mer­cial projects be­came main­stays.

Mr Schier said the suc­cess of the busi­ness had made him ‘ex­tremely’ proud of all in­volved.

“I’m very proud that it’s come out of Mur­toa, and in many ways the ‘se­cret’ in­gre­di­ent is that it’s the town’s com­mu­nity spirit that has driven much of our suc­cess,” he said.

“An­other one of the big things you get proud of is see­ing staff mem­bers, lo­cal peo­ple, com­ing through – ini­tially as ap­pren­tices be­fore they get mar­ried, have kids and buy their own homes.

“I con­sider that a real achieve­ment. It’s great to be able to help peo­ple achieve goals.

“We give a lot of school kids a go, pro­vid­ing them with work af­ter hours or in the hol­i­days, and we work with Com­mu­nity Axis with peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.”

The ex­pan­sion of work led to Schier Cab­i­net Mak­ers open­ing a show­room in Wil­son Street, Horsham, and then shift­ing to a larger and more ap­pro­pri­ate build­ing in Hamil­ton Road.

“I just want to keep mov­ing for­ward,” Mr Schier said.

“We are the pre­ferred sup­pli­ers of many com­mer­cial builders across western Vic­to­ria and I can’t see any sign of busi­ness slow­ing down.

“Now that our show­room is open for busi­ness, it’s do­ing what it’s meant to do. Peo­ple are con­stantly walk­ing in and it’s fan­tas­tic.”

De­spite spare time be­ing at a premium, Mr Schier con­tin­ues to pur­sue his pas­sion for mu­sic and per­for­mance with Paul Christo­pher and Jonno Martin with his band Acous­ti­cus Stomp.

“Play­ing mu­sic is just a great stress re­lief,” he said.

Dur­ing the for­ma­tive years of his busi­ness Mr Schier pro­vided an ex­am­ple of cham­pi­oning a re­gional com­mu­nity as the pri­mary driver of a merger be­tween Wim­mera Foot­ball League clubs Mur­toa and Minyip.

He was also Minyip-mur­toa club’s in­au­gu­ral pre­mier­ship pres­i­dent.

He said much of be­ing able to com­bine per­sonal in­ter­ests and busi­ness had been the re­sult of great sup­port from his fam­ily in­clud­ing wife Dee and two chil­dren.

GROWTH: Schier Cab­i­net Mak­ers has ex­panded from a fac­tory at Mur­toa, above, to in­cor­po­rate a new kitchen show­room in Horsham. Brooke Robins, right, show­cases one of sev­eral kitchen dis­plays.

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