Wynstan family story
SECURITY DOORS AND STYLISH WINDOW TREATMENTS WERE JUST THE BEGINNING FOR THIS FAMILY BUSINESS.
One of this country’s great small-business success stories began in 1968, when Charles Turner acquired a small Sydney firm that sold burglar alarms and safes. Charles saw a gap in this security market: preventing burglars from entering homes in the first place. With the help of his son Bruce, Charles designed and made Australia’s first security door, the BEV. It was a huge success. Next, they added window treatments to the product lineup; these remain top-sellers, along with awnings and shutters.
Today, there are 28 Wynstan showrooms across NSW, Victoria and the US, with more than 450 employees and contractors. “Our security doors are very popular there,” says Bruce, now the company’s managing director. All Wynstan products are still produced in Sydney and the firm continues to be a world leader in security doors.
And the signature pink livery? Inspired by a fleet of hot-pink cement trucks regularly seen around Sydney, Bruce decided that the vibrant, fun shade would become Wynstan’s hallmark too, supported by the company mascot of a warm, gregarious salesman.
Bruce’s children Rebecca, Andrew and lain are the third generation of Turners to work for Wynstan, which, 51 years after its inception, is still family owned. The trio’s mother, Margaret, sadly passed away from ovarian cancer in 1994; Wynstan has since been a devoted sponsor of Ovarian Cancer Australia, donating more than $100,000 to the cause in 2019.