Diplock duo marks 40 years for firm
WHEN a business reaches its 40th anniversary there is every reason to celebrate and Diplock's Collision Repair Centre has done exactly that.
Last Friday marked a special milestone for both Norm and Greg Diplock, who are celebrating 40 years in the business. After completing an apprenticeship Norm worked for Well Done Panel Works, a business opened by his late father Vincent Diplock.
He then bought a shed in Alma St in the hope of starting his own business.
Some 15 years later Norm took the advantage to sell his property, relocating to the corner of Campbell and Derby Sts.
He officially opened Diplock's Panel Works on January 13, 1972 with son Greg joining the business in 1980.
"Dad and I have always had a good relationship and I really respect what he's done for the business," Greg said. "Eventually he realised it was no good both of us running the show so he handed me the reins.
"At the end of the day he'll always be part of it, no matter what."
The Diplock duo said their first expansion boosted efficiency but turned out to be the first step in a process that led to the existing building at Hempenstall St.
"It has always been mine and Dad's dream to build a big premise and so we became Dip
lock's Collision Repair Centre opening at 8 Hempenstall St, North Rockhampton, on January 2, 2007," Greg said.
While he acknowledges it was a big commitment in an industry where getting a return can be tough, he said the aim to boost efficiency was to complete jobs at a quicker rate.
"Customers are always happy when it's done nice and quick, and providing a nice working environment for staff certainly has had many rewards," Greg said.
Greg and Norm attribute their success in the family business to their wives, Lynn and Maureen, for their wonderful support, and also the staff.