BENDIGO Curtain Service has changed ownership after more than 40 years of family ownership.
The Anstee family started the business in 1970 and employed about a dozen staff at its peak.
Kevin Anstee, who was in a car crash with wife Maureen in 2011, said the incident had forced him to sell the business.
Window and door company Hi-Light has taken over the company as part of its expansion into the curtain market.
Director Gary Harrison said the business had built up a strong customer base over four decades.
“We see it as a company that’s been in Bendigo and has serviced the Bendigo area for 40 years,” he said.
“They’ve built up quite a customer base.
“It has experienced staff and we want to continue to offer Bendigo and surrounds quality curtains and blinds that are made locally.”
Mr Harrison said it was the first time Hi-Light had sold curtains and blinds.
“We’ve bought along staff that have nearly 30 years’ experience,” he said.
“We added staff since we made the purchase.
“It’s an exciting new team who pride themselves on quality products.
“We hope to expand.
“We’re looking to build on Bendigo Curtain Service’s previous customers.”
Hi-Light bought the business name which had been changed to Bendigo Curtains.
“We believe there’s a market that’s untapped in Bendigo for curtains,” Mr Harrison said.
“Business is always challenging.
“But there’s certainly a market in Bendigo.”
Hi-Light was formed in Bendigo in 1974 and has expanded to service Melbourne.
The company has 34 staff, with six staff working at the curtain company.
Hi-Light and Bendigo Curtains will run as separate business.
Mr Anstee said the 2011 car crash had made it hard to run the family company.
He said it had been a long recovery process but said both were returning to health.