Bringing you the brands you know and trust
As a house of market leading brands, distributing Godfrey Hirst and Feltex, Mohawk Group and IVC Commercial flooring products, GH Commercial is the Oceanic subsidiary of Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring company, offering a global network of leading products.
Over 150 years of local manufacturing
GH Commercial is privileged to draw on over 150 years manufacturing experience in Australia and New Zealand through Godfrey Hirst operations. The Godfrey Hirst name is truly synonymous with Geelong, dating back to 1865 when the Victorian Woollen and Cloth Manufacturing company was established as one of Victoria’s first textile mills
Established as one of Victoria’s first textile mills (Victorian Woollen and Cloth Manufacturing Company).
The first textile auction.
HRH Duke of Edinburgh accepted a suit of clothes manufactured by the mill.
Albion mill opens.
Gold medal prize at the London International Exhibition in Melbourne.
Union mill opens and Barwon mill begins weaving.
Fire at Barwon Mill.
Godfrey Hirst and Charles Shannon arrive in Australia and establish Excelsior Mills.
Chief Secretary, Alfred Deakin, increases tariffs to protect the industry.
Purchase of the Barwon Mill on adjoining site by Godfrey Hirst.
Victorian Mill purchased by Godfrey Hirst.
Godfrey Hirst goes overseas.
New engine room developed at the Victorian Mill.
Tenders called for mill electrification.
Another fire strikes the Barwon Mill. Godfrey Hirst returns to England to find a replacement plant.
Record profits made.
Godfrey Hirst passes away. Willie Hirst appointed Managing Director.
Profits soar. Company cricket team established and provided with a pitch and equipment.
Charles Shannon passes away. New dining hall opened by Mrs. Hirst.
7 looms and other plants purchased.
Willie Hirst dies. Lewis Hirst now Managing Director.
1925 - 1935
Tough market conditions ensue.
Lewis Hirst dies. Cedric Hirst, Godfrey Hirst’s grandson, becomes Managing Director.
A record flood hits.
Plaque to commemorate the founding of the mill installed in the old bluestone walls.
Company acquired with a clear focus on a carpet production versus others textiles.
Standard management systems and early computing technology introduced.
Purchase of Challenge Mill in Sydney, NSW.
Bendigo operation set-up.
Research unit set-up (Tybar Engineering Pty Ltd).
Company wins a Prince Phillip Award.
The Titan Revolution (the cutting-edge Titan manufacturing process developed).
Purchase of the Returned Soldiers and Sailors Mill.
1,000,000 metres of Titan production recorded.
Became one of the largest producers of wool carpet yarn in the world.
Carpet Marketers Co-Op purchased and Godfrey Hirst Wools Pty Ltd established to work directly with wool growers.
Godfrey Hirst New Zealand founded in three locations.
Began exporting products and technology overseas.
Start to focus on commercial market requirements, in-particular colourful designs for the hospitality segment.
Singapore office established.
Office set-up in Toronto, Canada.
Won the Golden Thread Award.
Homfray/Hycraft Carpets purchased.
Benalla Spinners Mill set-up.
Canterbury Spinners Spinning Mill acquired (NZ).
Office set-up in the UK.
The Great Flood at the Geelong Mill.
With a large market share of 50%, sales and marketing become a strategic focus for the company.
Another new plant installation ($5 million worth of equipment).
Won another Golden Thread Award.
Investment in wool scouring operations in New Zealand.
Riverside Textiles Mill established for yarn processing (twisting and heat setting).
Total carpet production hits 4.2 million metres.
Investment in carpet tile manufacturing gives Godfrey Hirst a commercial advantage.
Winner for the Greenhouse Challenge Plus Award.
Winner of the Save Water Awards.
Acquired Feltex Carpets.
Water Treatment and Recycling facility commissioned on Geelong site.
Godfrey Hirst launches Eco+ Triexta, the first new fibre type since nylon in the 1950s.
Winner of the Premiers Sustainability Award (Large Business) and overall winner for the Premier’s Sustainability Award.
Banksia Environmental Foundation Award finalist.
Hard flooring portfolio introduced (timber, laminate, bamboo and vinyl).
First company to launch Hybrid hard flooring to the Australian market.
Godfrey Hirst becomes part of the Mohawk Industries family, one of the worlds largest flooring companies.
Godfrey Hirst becomes a Strategic Partner with the Living Future Institute of Australia.
The GH Commercial brand was born, as the commercial division of the business came together as an umbrella brand, offering a suite of products under market-leading brands.
Godfrey Hirst triexta carpet becomes the first residential carpet to be Declare® Red List Free certified.
GH becomes first Australian carpet manufacturer to be Climate Active accredited organisational status.
Proudly Australian and New Zealand Made continues
Today, thousands of metres of carpet are produced in our facilities in Australia and New Zealand, and both our carpet and hard flooring are supplied to major commercial projects in all market segments across workspace, retail, hospitality, healthcare, aged care, education, public space and multi-residential in Australia and New Zealand and around the globe.
Our local investment in people, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution provides total supply chain capability, ensuring quality control and consistency from product design, right through to delivery. We are proud to have a loyal and long serving inclusive and diverse workforce while managing organisational renewal to ensure excellent mix of new thinking and deep knowledge.
We proudly operate four carpet manufacturing facilities, three yarn processing facilities, 10 distribution centres, and 14 sales offices across Australia and New Zealand. Currently, Godfrey Hirst employs over 1,000 people, of which roughly half are employed in Australia and half in New Zealand.
Believe in Better®, our approach to sustainable business.
Our future depends on the work we to today. Our commitment to our planet extends beyond just products and processes: it’s how we challenge ourselves to do and be better every day; how we make decisions; how we reinvest in our people and our planet; how we define what matters most as we work to deliver value for generations to come.
Our approach to sustainability is all about making the world better. We capture this in three powerful pillars of People, Performance and Planet in everything we do.