Paul celebrates his 42-year career at Uniline Australia

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

It’s not every day you hear about an employee who has worked their entire career at one company. EPIC participant Paul began his career at Uniline Australia in 1979, and today celebrated his retirement after 42 years at the company.

Paul, who has Asperger’s, joined the Uniline team in Yatala, south of Brisbane, when he was 17 years old and worked in various buildings and departments over his career.

Established in 1965 by a husband-and-wife team, Uniline has grown to be a market leader providing high quality finished products, systems, components and fabrics for the Australian, New Zealand and International window furnishings market (blinds).

The family-run business has a focus on people, which is why Paul stuck around for so many years.

Paul says he enjoyed the detailed nature of his work and loved working in the components section of the business the most.

In his own time, Paul developed a compendium of parts that are used in the factory. This includes hundreds of detailed drawings, descriptions, instructions, quality control issues and a colour coded index. This compendium is an incredible work of art, and a testament to the knowledge and understanding Paul has of the Uniline business.

A close up of two pages of Paul's compendium featuring colourful, detailed drawings of factory parts
Paul’s compendium contains detailed and colourful drawings of factory parts, as well as comprehensive lists, photographs and instructions.

The retirement party was attended by the entire site staff of around 50 employees and included speeches by the General Manager, Chris, and Board Member and member of the Uniline Board and founding family, Tom. Tom’s mother, one of Uniline’s founders, was also in attendance for the occasion.

General Manager Chris said that Paul was a loyal and dedicated employee; part of the family.

Paul was presented with two framed gifts: a detailed timeline of Uniline’s business milestones which included Paul’s start and retirement dates, and a certificate of appreciation. He also received gifts to enjoy in his retirement: a fishing rod and tackle box.

Two frames sit on a table: one shows a timeline, the other a certificate of appreciation
Paul’s retirement gifts included framed recognition of his achievements in the form of a timeline and certificate

It was clear that Paul is a well-loved and respected member of the Uniline family.

In his retirement, Paul is looking forward to spending more time volunteering at his church and enjoying fishing.

Congratulations, Paul on a wonderful career!

Paul stands next to his support worker Andrew
Paul with support worker Andrew

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