Founded by Vince Ridolfo in the late fifties, the Ridolfo group of companies is the Western Australian-owned parent company of Ridcon Properties. With a rich history spanning over 50 years, the Group has grown from a family business to a diverse and successful service-based organisation.
In The Beginning
In 1957 the State Electricity Commission of WA (now Western Power) required significant quantities of hardwood jarrah poles to construct power lines across the State. Chosen as the utility’s main pole supplier Vince Ridolfo provided a complete pole supply service: locating suitable long straight timber; harvesting it from the forest; debarking the trees by axe; before loading and transporting the finished poles to their final destination.
Vince started out with just a single truck and a reputation for hard work, reliability and resourcefulness. The need to transport the poles was how the Ridolfo family was introduced to the challenging business of logistics, where efficient customer service was as important then as it is today.
A Family Business
Very much a family business, Anthony Ridolfo – son of the late Vince Ridolfo – joined the business in 1994 after completing a business finance degree. His first major strategic influence was to attain QA certification for the company in 1996. Certification allowed the Ridolfo Group to also service public sector clients.
Daniel Ridolfo, Anthony’s younger brother, on completing his apprenticeship as a heavy duty diesel mechanic with WesTrac equipment, brought his commercial experience to the business in 2005, under the banner of DGR Diesel Services. Now a true family business, Daniel was responsible for maintaining the ever-growing fleet of equipment for the group.
Later in 2010 Vince and Domenica Ridolfo were inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame – testament to their family’s lifelong commitment to the industry.
New Strategic Direction
Following impressive growth the Western Poles Company was sold in 2012 to USA based multinational Koppers, followed a year later with IML being acquired by national logistics player Qube Holdings.
Today the Group’s strategic focus is on the growth of Ridcon Properties – an established and highly experienced property development business, providing comprehensive portfolio management, property development, property maintenance and leasing services. Ridcon Properties services local and national clients looking to develop and occupy commercial facilities across Perth’s broad metropolitan and industrial area.