Airlie Glass & Aluminium is a family-owned and operated company, established in 1996.
We specialise in solutions for the most challenging of projects that demand design, customisation, planning and workmanship.
Our team is very experienced in project management and will ensure your requirements are met on time and on budget.
Paul Carmichael is a man who knows his trade.
Having started working life as a glass cutter at just 15 years old, he also taught himself drafting and by 20, he was self-employed.
He has owned his own business ever since including starting, building and selling Sunview Glass, North Coast Glass, Maleny glass and AQF Windows and Doors, on the Sunshine Coast.
Airlie Glass & Aluminium, however, which he has owned since 2011, could well be his swansong as he is quite taken with the Whitsundays lifestyle, especially the fishing and scuba diving!
Since taking over the reins, he has used his extensive knowledge to streamline the business – including new manufacturing systems, plant, equipment and vehicles - turning it into one of North Queensland’s most successful glass and aluminium companies working on multi-million dollar projects from Brisbane to Port Douglas.
Stand-out projects include the One & Only Hayman Island refurbishment, the Rydges Sabaya Resort in Port Douglas, the award-winning Rainbow Beach Motel & Tavern and the Verde Tower in Mackay, a 5-star energy-efficient building with seven storeys of double-glazing.
Paul also loves working on smaller projects and has built up solid relationships with the local building industry including Cumberland Constructions, among others.
He has just finished working with them on their award-winning display home in the Regatta Waters Estate, including designing, fabricating and installing the doors, windows, wardrobes and showers.
His philosophy is simple. Design for the client’s needs and wants, within their budget.
“I have always tried to accommodate the wants and needs of my clients and I am always happy to give them advice as to the best possible solution that fits within their budget,” says Paul, who refers to himself as an architectural window system specialist.
“I do enjoy looking after the local builders here and I love seeing nice houses go up in the area and knowing I have been a part of that. I really enjoy seeing a project through from start to finish.”
As well as owning his own businesses Paul has contracted to some of the largest glass and aluminium suppliers in the country, project managing the installation of their windows and doors in hotels, apartments and golf clubs all over Queensland.
Now, after 40 years, he wants to pass all that knowledge onto youngsters, in order to take the industry that he loves into the future.
“I am interested in getting more young people into the industry,” says Paul, whose two sons are already working for him in the business.
“We need someone to pass the knowledge on to. We should be teaching them now, so they can take the industry into its next era.”
Kevin Scott is a man who takes pride in his work and loves seeing projects through from start to finish.
Having relocated from the UK in search of opportunities and challenges, Kevin is responsible for estimates and project management at AGA, a role that allows him to be involved with projects literally from concept to completion.
"I enjoy being part of a dynamic team and watching projects transform from a drawing to a finished item," he says.
"I am really proud of the fact that our jobs come in on budget and on time, and the clients are really happy with the quality of the product and our workmanship."
Two recent projects he is particularly proud of are the new Woolworths Supermarket, in Airlie Beach, and St Catherine's Catholic College, in Proserpine.
"They both had some unique challenges and the fact that they are local to the area means I get to see them regularly, which gives me great pride in the completed projects."
Kevin has 18 years' experience in the industry and plans to keep learning and adding to his skills.
He holds a Certificate III in Glass and Glazing and is already working towards his Certificate IV.
He has also completed AS1288-2006: Glass in Buildings - Selection & Installation and AS2047-2014: Windows & External Glazed Doors in Buildings.
With a strong belief in high-quality workmanship and customer service, Kevin is always attending workshops to increase his industry knowledge and expertise.
Airlie Glass & Aluminium's office administrator Cathy Reents loves a challenge!
With 20 years under her belt in the windows, doors and glazing industry, Cathy enjoys the variety her job brings and loves being part of a growing and successful team.
She has been with AGA for 16 years now (having also worked for the previous owners) and has played a key role in the team's growth, winning the Rotary Pride of Workmanship Award in 2001.
"I love the challenging environment," she says.
"It's demanding but I enjoy the many different facets that the job brings with it every day. And working with such a positive team is great."
Never one to rest on her laurels, she has completed a Certificate III in Business Administration and is currently studying for her Certificate IV in Glass and Glazing.
She has also completed an 'Introduction to Building Contracts' course and is always on the lookout for new business opportunities.
Cathy is looking forward to developing her career further with AGA and is relishing the thought of being part of the continued growth and development of the AGA brand.