Rae-Line was started by Ray and Mary Vorhauer in 1972 and was known at that time as R.A. Vorhauer Manufacturing. The company was based in a 150 square metre factory in Malvern St. Bayswater in order to be close to their only customer at the time, Kenworth Trucks. The business grew slowly on the back of rising Kenworth build rates as well as an increased customer base. Ray designed a range of boat seats that were sold to both the public and several manufacturers including JJ Savage and Stejcraft Boats.
As the business grew, so did the number of employees and by 1975 the company employed 10 people. With both the Kenworth and the boat seating sides of the business continuing to grow, the company moved to bigger premises several times throughout the late 70s to mid-80s. By the late 80s, the company’s name was changed to Rae-Line P/L, and employed around 20 employees. Rae-Line has continued to grow ever since, once again on the back of ever increasing build rates and an increased customer base.
Today, Rae-Line supplies some of the biggest names in the automotive, heavy transport, marine and the sports padding industries including Kenworth, Iveco, Paccar Parts, Toyota, KAB Seating, Isringhausen and Bounceinc. Rae-Line currently employs more than 60 employees in both full time and permanent part time basis and is based in Kilsyth Melbourne in a new manufacturing complex, occupying eight factories totalling over 5000 square metres with a second manufacturing site located in Yatala Queensland.
Kenworth production peaked in 2007 with build rates reaching 20 trucks per day and a total of 3496 trucks being built during the year. Rae-Line set new records for on-time-delivery and quality, despite build rates rising to almost twice the previous record. This was only possible due to the hard work and dedication shown by the entire Rae-Line team, right throughout the year.
In 2012, Rae-Line celebrated its 40th year as a sole supplier to Kenworth Trucks Australia. We look forward to this strong partnership continuing well into the future.
In 2014 / 2015 Rae-Line entered the global market with its class leading sports padding solutions. With entire sporting venues fitted with the Rae-Line wall, floor and post padding solutions right across the world our design team, manufacturing team and installation team is on the move constantly developing, creating and installing sports padding solutions that WoW our customers every time.