Our History

Sims Refrigeration has been involved in commercial refrigeration contract installation, service and maintenance since 1966.

As a young boy from about 10 years of age John Sims worked part time alongside his Father in the Building Industry.  It was from this experience that John new that he wanted a trade as employment, so he attended Goodwood Boys Technical High School in Adelaide, SA completing trade subjects.

From there John was offered an Apprenticeship in Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning & Electrical with a company called Unbehaun & Johnston Ltd – Adelaide.  He studied Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Electrical as trade subjects with an advanced certificate in Design & Calculation.

During his time as an apprentice John got the desire to start and run his own business and when the opportunity presented itself on the 1st October 1966 he started John R. Sims & Co Pty Ltd with his wife Jenny which we know today as Sims Refrigeration & Air Conditioning.

Major Events

1966In October, John R Sims starts to work for himself with one van, using his house in Hawthorndene being his work office, working on refrigeration in Hotels, Clubs and domestic applications.
1970Jenny Sims starts to work from home, running the office and using a two-way radio.
1971Wayne Herbert is the first apprentice to work for John R Sims.
1973John R Sims & Co PTY LTD is registered as a company.
1980Sims Refrigeration has moved out of the house in Hawthorndene to a new office at 190 Main Road, Blackwood.
1980Sims Refrigeration are Frigrite Agents in South Australia and move into service, maintenance and installation in Supermarkets.
1985David Sims starts work as an apprentice.
1988Sims Refrigeration has 15 staff members and 5 vans.
1992Sims Refrigeration has out-grown 190 Main Road, Blackwood and moves into a new building next door at 188 Main Road, Blackwood with a Show Room and more office space.
1996Sims Refrigeration are appointed the SA & NT Agents for Linde supermarket cases.
2001David Sims is appointed Managing Director.
Pooraka Workshop is completed at Market Lane, cnr. Main North Road, Pooraka, SA.
2002John Sims announces his retirement.
Pooraka extension Showroom / offices are completed and moved in.
2005John Sims officially retires from day to day activities and takes up as non-executive Director and advisor to
the company.
2006Sims Refrigeration and Air Conditioning NT opens in Darwin, Northern Territory.
2010Sims Refrigeration installs & commission our first Co2 supermarket refrigeration system
2011Sims Refrigeration supply’s & installs South Australia’s longest butcher shop display.
2012Sims Refrigeration holds and information night on the SGG future & energy management solutions.
Sims Refrigeration completes a Supermarket upgrade in Tennant Creek, NT.
2013Sims Refrigeration is engaged on the Adelaide Convention Centre project Stage 1.
Sims Refrigeration completes a Display Coolroom/Freezer for the Community Store at Santa Teresa, NT
2014Sims Refrigeration installs the refrigeration for a brand-new Supermarket in Broken Hill North, NSW.
2015Sims Refrigeration are appointed the SA & NT Coolerado distributor.
Sims Refrigeration completes its first Supermarket refit in Tasmania.
2016Sims Refrigeration turns 50 years Old, a family owned business operating in South Australia since 1966.
Sims Refrigeration also marks Ten Years of operating their branch in Darwin, Northern Territory.
2017Sims Refrigeration installs our first Co2 Supermarket Refrigeration system in to Darwin, NT.
2018Sims Refrigeration completes a Mobile Coolroom/Freezer Trailer for Hire in Northern Territory

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Sims Refrigeration Service Department offers you 24 hours emergency service break down, day or night 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

Our normal hours of business are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday (ex public holidays). If a Service Call is lodged in normal working hours, most Service Calls will be attended to on the same day, or next within reason. If a Service Call is lodged after hours, our on-call technicians will be in contact with you to deal with any break downs quickly and effectively.