OUR HISTORY

1965

At the tender age of 17, Don Iacobucci boarded a boat from Italy destined for Melbourne. He had a passion for cars, and before he could speak English properly, he started working as a Panel Beater at a small shop in Fitzroy

1984

DSI Panels was born. Don and his wife Silvana first opened at Lexton Road, Box Hill North and employed 14 people – 6 of them being apprentices

1994

DSI relocated to Bayswater. Barry Wilson from Dent Masters worked along side Don, sharing the factory space and referring work to each other

1998

Barry Wilson came across a factory for rent in Blackburn and suggested the move to Don, which is where DSI still remains today. 10 Terracotta Drive was the turning point for DSI, and our presence in the area has remained strong

1999

David, Don & Silvana’s only son, officially started his Panel Beating apprenticeship

2000

Don & Silvana purchased the factory in Blackburn

2006

David became a part owner in DSI, buying 50% of the business and factory from his parents

2010

Shortly after marrying David, Clarissa joined the DSI ‘family’ bringing the employee total to 6

2014

David & Clarissa purchased the other 50% share of the business and factory, with a dream of taking the strong foundation that Don & Silvana had created over the years to the next level

EARLY 2018

A factory in Croydon South was purchased, and so began the long hours! David & Clarissa worked tirelessly to build our state-of-the-art workshop from scratch

MID 2018

DSI had 14 employees, almost half being family

LATE 2018

DSI was averaging 150 repairs per month for most insurance companies and various fleets & dealerships

2019

Our purpose built second facility in Croydon South was officially launched in February 2019, trading as DSI Panels Croydon. We are the first conventional panel shop in Victoria to have installed a Gas Fire Infrared Arch within a Spray Booth. The DSI workforce family grew from 14 employees, to over 30

MAY 2019

DSI achieved the highest-level Green Stamp Environmental Accreditation for our Eco-Friendly practices and systems

JUNE 2019

DSI was awarded a Certificate in Excellence of Health, Safety & Wellbeing by Pro-Visual Publishing Pty Ltd

JULY 2019

DSI earned a Gold Class Facility Accreditation through our industry-based training provider, I-Car Australia

OCTOBER 2019

DSI Panels was crowned ‘Best New Shop Victoria’ in the 2019 Paint & Panel Bodyshop Awards

NOVEMBER 2019

Our Director Clarissa was voted ‘Best Manager / Owner’ in the Paint & Panel 2019 Women in Collision Awards