Graham Cock, the founder of ACE, has been a contractor all his life. He started ACE over 45 years ago, undertaking small house excavations, block clearing and agricultural contracting. The company grew and after a couple of years expanded its business in earthmoving industry, with the purchase of plant such as dozers and excavators. The business continued to grow through the 70’s, and during the early 80’s Graham helped some of the staff into an equity position in the company and converted the business to Ace Contractors & Staff Pty Ltd.
The Company continued to grow and relocated to Eltham in 1994.
In 2008 the company underwent a name change to Ace Contractors Group Pty. Ltd. Under the Group several new divisions evolved – Ace Civil, Ace Infrastructure, Ace Landscaping, Ace Environmental and Ace Plant. In February 2011, Ace Water was established and more recently Ace Electrical Infrastructure (as of 1st July 2012).
1961 – The Managing Director, Graham Cock, started contracting in Balwyn when he was about 20 years old. He started with a Massey Ferguson tractor with loader and slasher attachments.
1960s – The company continues to slash fields for its established clients.
1968 – The company buys some D4D dozers and a 933 loader.
1971 – ACE starts operations as Ace Contractors Pty Ltd.
1971 – ACE opened an earth moving school in Park Orchards, in November 1971.
1972 – Bill Cassidy appointed as General Manager for civil works.
1985 – Graham Bond, a long serving employee – who is still with the company after more than 30 years. His 2 sons also jump started their career with ACE group.
1988 – Ron Cooper was appointed as General Manager.
1989 – The company was restructured and Ace Contractors and Staff Pty Ltd commenced, to allow staff ownership in the business, June 1989. Pictured here is Anil Jayakoby, one of ACE’s plant operators.
1991-93 – ACE delivered a contract with Department of Defence for the Omega navigation base project in Darriman, Gippsland
1994 – Head office moved from Doncaster to Eltham, Victoria.
1994 – Graeme Savage appointed as Operations Manager.
1994 – ACE delivered the National Tennis Centre stage 2 civil works, worth circa $4M. Which at the time was a sizeable contract for the company.
1996 – Ace celebrates its 25th year, since starting as Ace Contractors Pty Ltd. Ray Sherman also celebrates his 25th anniversary of working in the company.
1996-7 – Won a large civil contract for Lend Lease at the Eastland shopping centre.
2006 – ACE was awarded its first VicRoads project, for Intersection improvement works at Princes Highway East and Sale – Heyfield Road, in March 2006.
2008 – Warren Higgs appointed CEO in January 2008.
2008 – The company was renamed Ace Contractors Group Pty Ltd and restructured into four subsidiary companies (Ace Civil Services, Ace Infrastructure, Ace Landscape Services, and Ace Environmental Services)
2008 – ACE’s quality and safety management systems achieved accreditation with AS/NZS 4801 (safety), ISO 9001 (quality), in September 2008.
2008 – ACE was awarded its first bridge project for VicRoads, for Bridge deck overlays on two bridges on the Murray Valley Highway, in December 2008.
2009 – ACE secured our first long term operations and maintenance contract – for Bass Coast Shire Council’s Grantville landfill and resource recovery centre, in February 2009. Since then, ACE’s contract has been extended several times, until 2027. A testament to our performance and client relationship.
2009 – ACE sadly lost Graeme Savage, our Operations Manager, in the Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria.
2009 – The group reached an employment milestone of 100 staff.
2009 – ACE secures our first large Defence project at Puckapunyal in September 2009– earth works and civil works for the training centres, as part of Enhanced Land Force (ELF) Stage 1.
2010 – ACE’s management systems achieved accreditation with ISO 14001 (environment), in February 2010.
2010 – First heavy duty concrete road ACE built for Defence at Puckapunyal.
2011 – Won first NSW project – Murray Irrigation awarded ACE our first NSW project, for the replacement of side panels at 3 irrigation regulating structures on the Mulwala Canal. The Mulwala Canal is an irrigation canal in the southern Riverina region of New South Wales and is the largest irrigation canal in the Southern Hemisphere. This kicked off our expansion into NSW.
2011 – ACE acquired Haulton Construction Services Aust Pty Ltd – a specialist in the water industry, and Ace Water Services was created, in January 2011.
2011 – Won first Tasmanian project – Cradle Mountain Water awarded ACE its first Tasmanian project in October 2011. It was for the design, supply, construction, installation and commissioning of Waratah 0.2ML/Day Water Treatment Plant
Mar 2012 –Won first Western Australian project – ACE was awarded our first project in WA, delivering a variety of civil and road works at Lancelin, Bindoon, Muchea, as part of Defence’s National Training Areas and Ranges Improvement Program (NTARIP).
2012 – Ace Electrical Infrastructure was restructured into its own company, from Ace Water Services, in June 2012.
Aug 2012 – Ace Electrical Infrastructure secures its first project for Essential Energy. ACE was engaged to undertake the civil and electrical construction and installation, testing & commissioning of the Willbriggie Zone Substation.
Sep 2012 – Systems achieved accreditation in accordance with the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme, from the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner
Oct 2012 – Ace Infrastructure achieved prequalification from VicRoads under the National Prequalification Systems of Roads and Bridges (R3, B2, F5)
late 2012 – Ace Electrical Infrastructure achieved VEDN accreditation from VESI
2013 – Won Post Entry Quarantine Facility – a key civil and landscaping project, for CPB Contractors and the Federal Government.
2013 – Ace Electrical Infrastructure achieved Citipower/Powercor accreditation
Feb 2014 – Won first South Australian project – Cockram Construction awarded ACE our first project in South Australia – for the Ceduna Ground Satellite Station
Jun 2015 – Electrical workshop moved from Bayswater to Rowville
Nov 2015 – Ace Infrastructure’s prequalification from VicRoads under the National Prequalification Systems of Roads and Bridges increased to financial level of $50M (R3, B2, F50)
Nov 2016 – Ace Electrical Infrastructure achieved prequalification from VicRoads under the Traffic Control Equipment (STCE) category
Mar 2017 – New Ace Environmental Services operations office established on Phillip Island.
Apr 2017 – Won first Queensland project – Aeramix awarded ACE our first project in Queensland, for the Palm Island Waste Water Treatment Plant Electrical Works.
Aug 2017 – ACE’s head office is moving from Eltham to Nunawading, VIC