The original Santo Hardware started in the early 90’s managed by Mr & Miss Tronquet. Ironically the current manager Brad Wood with his building experience played a part in helping the original management with suggested lines to stock all those years ago. In 2008 Richard Lo took over the company and appointed Brad Wood to renovate, remodel and take over as Managing Director. Santo Hardware has never looked back growing from the vast experience Bradley had to offer. With the strategy and policy that we strived to achieve direct sourcing of quality products to have the best possible price ,and a comprehensive range with good stockholdings. Along with a strong community commitment this has been a strategy that has worked well. 10 years growing from strength to strength a top management team and dedicated staff, the future of Santo is looking good.
Currently Santo Hardware employs over 70 employees who come from different islands of Vanuatu as well as three expats. Our team is growing every year as we aim to provide more job opportunities for both ni-vans and expats who can work up to our standard which is to provide quality services to our customers as well as give them professional advice if needed.
Born in Ipswich Australia 1965 and growing up in South East Queensland he completed a Carpenter and Joiner Apprenticeship under training from his Farther. This experience he gained achieved him high honours and the apprentice of the year. Arriving in Port Vila after cyclone Uma in March 1987 for the rebuilding of Hotel Le Lagon. Then after completing the Rossi/ANZ project in Port Vila moved to Santo 1989 to refurbish the ANZ Bank building. Married to a local, Ruth from Pentecost Island and have 3 lovely children, Rick, Avalon and Jaden. Then in 1990 the LCM Rebuilding project and after then went on set up his own Company with his Father throughout the 90’s and early 2000 completed many building projects throughout Vanuatu. After a brief stay Australia in 2003, returned to Port Vila 2004 to project manage the largest residential luxury apartment complex in Vanuatu, The Amalfi Court. Returned to Santo 2008 to take over Management and rebuilding of Santo Hardware and have grown the business steadily over the past 13 years into the leading Hardware in Santo, proudly supplying the northern and central islands with quality Hardware. With over 34 years building experience in Vanuatu, it’s fitting with our motto Professional Advice, Quality Service.
Raised on a dairy farm in rural New Zealand, DIY and getting the job done has always been part of his life. For the past 12 years he has been a manager for Australasia’s largest building supplies & DIY retail business, Bunnings. In this time managed all facets of the business including Building Supplies while working in 3 different locations across New Zealand, before becoming Complex Manager of Bunnings Warehouse Blenheim. This business gave extensive knowledge of many areas of building supplies including paint, tools, timber & plumbing. With 26 years of experience in retail & 7 years in horticulture growing avocados & driving tractors, there is plenty of practical knowledge to share. He lives in Santo with his wife of 16 years & their 12 year old son.
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