Sabco is an Australian company specialising in cleaning and garden products. It was established in South Australia in 1892 as the South Australian Brush Company by W. E. Hay. It has been wholly owned by the American Libman Company since 2009.[1] Sabco has been a household name for brooms and brushes in South Australia for over a century.[2]

South Australian Brush Company
IndustryBrushware
Founded1892; 129 years ago (1892) in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
FounderW. E. Hay
Defunct2003 (2003)
FateSubsidiary of Libman USA
Headquarters,
Australia

Initially, the South Australian Brush Company was quite small, and its products were hand crafted. Over time, the company grew, and adopted more automated production processes. In 1930, the factory was in Flinders Street, Adelaide.[3] It established a new factory after World War II in what had been a munitions factory at Hendon.

In 1970, Sabco took over the century-old Melbourne broom and brush company, Zevenboom.[4] In 1979, Sabco acquired the Melbourne-based Dawn Plastics and established a garden products division.[1] In 1981, it acquired a competitor, the Lincoln Brush Company, that had manufactured paint brushes in South Australia for over thirty years.[5]

In 1993, Sabco was acquired out of receivership by the US firm Tomlin Industries.[2] At that time, the factory was in Albert Park, a north-western suburb of Adelaide.[6] In 2003, Sabco was acquired by the US firm Hardware Wholesalers Inc. In May 2007, the Libman Company of the USA took up 50% ownership, increased to 100% in 2009.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "About sabco". Sabco Australia. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Sabco stays at home". The Canberra Times. 67 (21, 221). 22 May 1993. p. 11 (SECTION 1). Retrieved 18 January 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ ""Sabco" Shaving Brushes". The News. XV (2, 199) (HOME ed.). Adelaide. 4 August 1930. p. 10. Retrieved 18 January 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Zevenboom Holdings Limited". deListed Australia. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Sabco expanding its operations". The Canberra Times. 56 (16, 820). 15 October 1981. p. 26. Retrieved 18 January 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Liquidators move on brush manufacturer". The Canberra Times. 68 (21, 329). 7 September 1993. p. 11. Retrieved 18 January 2018 – via National Library of Australia.

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