Porters is a dynamic, growing company where the key to our success is excellent customer service and an extensive product range. Our motto of ‘Can Do’ thrives in all parts of the organisation. We are committed to providing our customers with an exceptional shopping experience every visit. As a result, we have established a solid, long term customer base and a strong reputation in the Mackay community.
Founded in 1883, by Charles Porter; Porters has achieved its steady growth through a diverse range of products and in store services and an ongoing commitment to exceeding our customers’ expectations. Now in its fifth generation, Porters is one of Queensland’s largest family owned companies.
A young building contractor, new to Australia from Scotland, Charles Porter originally began the company as a building contracting business on 13 August 1883.
During these early years, Charles Porter established himself in the community and was responsible for the construction of many landmark residential and commercial premises in the Mackay area. He also established a timber yard and a woodworking factory – “making and supplying all kinds of joinery”.
Over time, the company, through a policy of diversification and expansion, moved out of building construction and into the building supply trade.
From these beginnings, Porters has developed into one of the few complete building supplies and hardware & lifestyle businesses in Australia. The company currently employs over 300 staff with 7 individual and dedicated divisions across four locations. Areas of speciality include building and plumbing supplies, glass and aluminium fabrication, truss and frame fabrication, and retail hardware.
For more information on the history of Porters, visit Charlies Café at Porters Mackay City and view our history wall.