A COMPANY that was founded in Liverpool nearly 80 years ago has returned to the area, moving in to a large warehouse at Prestons recently.
TEXO, a building supplies company that makes various products, including innovative steel and plastic fibres used for concrete reinforcement, has combined several former sites at its new premises, which was opened last week.
Chairman Gillis Broinowski said when the company started in the area in 1936 it was called Blys Industries and made telephone cables and steel wool.
"During World War II it was taken over by Australian Wire Industries," Mr Boinowski said.
"In 1990 the current owners bought the company and sold off the steel wool side and we later bought two more companies, Dunstone Maze and Lintel Supplies.
"We were located at Smeaton Grange, Kingsgrove and Punchbowl and now we have consolidated those three sites into this one much larger one at Prestons."
Mr Broinowski said that the company chose the location because it was close to major road links.
"Most of our client base is located in suburban western and south-western Sydney, but we also supply to the eastern and northern suburbs and to Wollongong and Dubbo.
"So being close to the M7 and the M5 this is the perfect spot for us."
The company, which employs 20 staff members, will be cut and assemble ReoCo Performance Fibres on site.
"The manufacturing method for producing these plastic fibres was invented by us and we also invented some of the machinery to produce the steel fibres.
"These products replace the usual steel mesh which is used to reinforce concrete."
TEXO also produces the Aquacomb water storage system.
The storage system stays out of sight, built into a house's concrete slab.
"That adds to the value of the house because there isn't an unsightly water tank out in the open," Mr Broinowski said.