Vos began business in Tasmania in 1954 with the Group's founder, Mr Roelf Vos, opening a gift store in Deloraine which was soon followed by a second in Georgetown. However, Roelf quickly realized that people don't buy gifts every day yet they do need to eat everyday so he purchased a small corner grocery store in Launceston. Soon after, Mr Vos introduced self-service shopping to northern Tasmania and grew the business into a chain of ten supermarkets, employing over 500 people. In 1982 the supermarket operations were sold to Woolworths with the Vos family initially retaining ownership of the supermarket properties.
In 1983 Mr Vos and his eldest son, Michael, began developing the Grindelwald Swiss Village and Holiday Resort (now called Tamar Valley Resort). His second son, Harry, joined them in 1989. Mr Vos passed away in 1992, after handing over leadership of the Vos Group to Michael. Mr Vos is survived by his two sons and four daughters.
Vos progressively sold off its older supermarkets and shopping centres as its focus has turned more towards property development.
In June 1997, Vos together with a minor shareholder, acquired one of Tasmania's leading construction and joinery manufacturing companies, Laver Pty Ltd. Towards the end of 1999, Vos purchased the remaining shares giving it 100% ownership. This enabled the Vos family to fully embrace the construction business into the Group, encapsulating its foundational Christian business and family values.
Over the next six months, the Directors took the organisation through a period of consolidation and restructuring, which included changing the name to Vos Construction & Joinery Pty Ltd on 1 July 2000. At this time, the company employed 70 people and generated revenue of around $25 million.
During 2002 the Vos family purchased the derelict Henry Jones IXL Jam Factory on Hobart's waterfront and began the successful transformation into what is now a multi award winning five star hotel with restaurants, bar, boutique shops and apartments. Vos Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd undertook the role of both developer and builder. It was also around this time that the construction business diversified into shopfitting.
On 1 July 2007, Michael Vos and his son Darren acquired all of the shares in Vos Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd. On 1 February 2008, Vos Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd acquired the North-West Tasmanian based business of Matthews Constructions. Since this time, the Vos Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd has gone from strength to strength and continues to grow.
Today, the company has over 250 employees with revenues in excess of $100 million. It is a leading Tasmanian construction company that also undertakes joinery and shopfitting work nationwide. Its reputation for high quality workmanship is the foundation for its ongoing success.
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