Lamps ignite business flame
WHEN his partner complained that she couldn't find a stylish and well-built citronella lamp, engineer Jason Lassig decided to ‘knock one up'.
It wasn't long before friends asked him to build lamps for them and he was on his way to establishing a new business.
“About 12 months ago I decided to give it a go and made a few different designs and slowly but surely they are selling,” Mr Lassig said.
“At the moment it is a sideline business to my engineering business, but I would like to swap it around so it becomes the main part.”
Mr Lassig's business – Citron 55, located in the Russellton Industrial Estate at Alstonville – makes a range of stainless steel citronella lamps – free-standing, wall-mounted and table top.
“The ones you buy at the shops you are flat out getting a season out of them, but the ones I have at home are four years old now,” Mr Lassig said, explaining how the company can offer an unconditional warranty on its products.
He says part of the reason for his early success is that no other manufacturer that he is aware of makes high-quality stainless steel lamps.
“I had a lady from Cairns contact me to supply 50 lamps for her shop up there. She was getting cheaper ones out of China, but said the quality wasn't there.”
Before his foray into lamp-making, Mr Lassig repaired farm machinery and did other engineering work.
“I'm a bit over fixing otherpeople's stuff to be honest. I like making my own things, not just citronella lamps,” he said.
“I have some other things in mind at the moment.
“The next thing is an outdoor table with a stainless steel frame and a polished concrete top – you'll never have to do anything with it, just give it a wipe down.”
“Hopefully that side of the business will take off.”