East End Slabs was established over 30 years ago in 1988 by Andrew McGrath. The small team of three, included Scott Hadley who is still is valued team member, worked predominantly for AV Jennings in the local area doing conventional slabs and stumps.
The early 90’s was a time when the industry was evolving and expanding so Andrew recruited his younger brother Hack to work along side him to keep up with the increasing demand. In a competitive market, with a need from our builders to fill a void for cost effective, high volume builds we embraced and specialised in the waffle pod slab and for many years this was the core of what we did.
In July 2000, the Victorian Government implemented the First Home Buyers Grant which increased the house and land package market in Cranbourne, Pakenham and Clyde opened up a booming market for the volume builder market which we were pleased to be a part of. This also bought an opportunity to book in other trades for our builders. We would coordinate the site cuts, set out and electrical undergrounds, essentially handing the job over to the builder at slab completion stage, ready for the framers. We felt it was important to adapt to the needs of our builders and provide a full service. In the years that followed we have expanded our services to include a recycle service, soil removal, concrete pumps and other services with the goal of looking after our clients needs more fully.
In the late 2000’s we also diversified into building tilt panels for factory developments, including the carparks, kerbs and channels and basements, which become our catch cry “if it’s concrete, we’ll pour it”. With the expansion of onsite supervisors and the in house support staff we now had the capacity to move into unit developments from competitive pricing, streamlined scheduling and effective project management. We have always looked at ways to improve not only industry standards but also improve the service we offer. Andrew was even a finalist in the 2015 WorkSafe Victoria Awards for his innovative alternative to star pickets in boxing.
Our now, General Manager, Valeska, joined the East End Slabs team in 2004 straight from high school as our receptionist in our first factory and offices in Carrum Downs. Since this time, Valeska has worked closely with Andrew and learnt all aspects of the business from production to payroll while completing a degree in Project Management and becoming the General Manager in 2012. Andrew’s brother Hack, who after being on the tools for over 20 years, moved into a Site Supervisor role and bought with him a wealth of knowledge in the concreting industry, particularly for more difficult engineering and sites. Andrew’s daughter Jade officially joined the team as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper, after his wife Mardi retired from handling the finances in 2004 and continues to oversee the Finance team at East End Slabs. We are truly a family run business!
Andrew’s son Taylor officially joined the East End Slabs team in mid 2013. With a background in carpentry, he bought with him a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective and understanding of the importance of an accurate slab and the implications to the rest of the trades if this crucial aspect wasn’t in place from the start. Taylor’s passion and drive meant that he quickly learnt every aspect of the business both in the office as the Production Coordinator and overseeing the Estimating Department and then onsite as a Site Supervisor. Taylor played an integral role in diversifying the business to unit developments, basements and small industrial/commercial projects. He enthusiastically improved in house systems from pricing to scheduling and implementation on these larger and more complicated projects to provide our Builders with the benefits that we had already implemented for our volume builders. In early 2019, with Andrew’s retirement, Taylor was promoted to the Managing Director of East End Slabs, a job which he was born to do! With the support of a long term management team, Taylor is eager to take East End Slabs on into the future.
During over 30 years in the business we have learnt that we may pour concrete for a living, but we really are in a service industry. We are proud of the relationships we have built with suppliers, contractors and builders and believe that our integrity, reliability and work ethic is at the core of our business.