The family business started as Interior Joinery Works and now has an estimated turnover of $30 million dollars with projects all over Australia. IJF Australia has always been a distinctive South Australian family business and some 50 years later this family philosophy continues. The IJF business originally pioneered in 1964 by brothers Ross and Reg Monteleone in a shed at Rosewater, determined to create a future for themselves and a family lifestyle to be admired.
Geoff Monteleone has driven the IJF succession structure with the help of the family business association and insists the family offspring do not have a right to a job.“The main thing about them is that they have a very good work ethic and company loyalty you can trust implicitly” he said.
Over 120 employees of IJF Australia are experienced professional tradespeople who are at the heart of the operation. It is through their valued contribution that IJF has become one of the leading joinery and fit-out companies in Australia. Ross Giorgio Managing Director says “in order to ensure our future growth we continue to develop our skills and the services we can offer. We strive to ensure our people uphold high standards and company values and this synergy has become the underlying success of the company now and in the future.
Philosophy and Values
Today 50 years after the founding of IJF in 1964 the original reason for the success of the business has not changed the family philosophy. Identifying new ideas and new skills together with access to the latest cutting edge technology will see this philosophy continue. With values of Integrity, Quality, Service and Stability, “Our Reputation is Your Guarantee”.
David Monteleone General Manager says “It is our intention to enrich the success of those we collaborate with. Our emphasis is as much on our relationships with our clients and suppliers as it is on the products we source and create.”
“Laminex and IJF have enjoyed a strong business relationship for more than 30 years – it’s more than supplier and customer. It has grown based on mutual trust and respect and a strong understanding of each other’s desire to succeed.”
– Mark Flaherty, State Sales Manager – SA, The Laminex Group
“Over the past 30 years we have seen the partnership strengthen to now becoming a relationship whereby IJF Australia and Hafele Australia are very much a family. We (Hafele Australia) are proud to be associated with IJF Australia and look forward to the next 5O year chapter.”
– Tim Lelliott, National Kitchen Specification Manager, Hafele Australia
“For 30 years SteedForm have worked with IJF building our respective businesses. There has been a level of trust and dependability which has enabled innovation and creative solutions seen locally and in major projects.”
– Matthew Rasheed, Managing Director, Steedform
“We are proud to have worked closely with IJF for close to 30 years manufacturing and supplying panel products for their high quality fit out work and in turn jointly creating many local jobs.”
– Grant Gurney, Managing Director VP Surface Solutions