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WHEN Rein­hard Leim­roth was sent to Aus­tralia by Robert Bosch in 1956 to trou­bleshoot ‘prob­lem’ diesel en­gines, there’s no way he could have known that 60 years later he’d be work­ing along­side sons An­drew and Scott, as well as grand­sons Trent and Baden, at Berrima Diesel Ser­vice, the com­pany he started in the NSW South­ern High­lands.

Nor could Rein­hard have known Berrima Diesel would be­come one of Aus­tralia’s big­gest names in 4WD diesel tun­ing and re­pairs, also spe­cial­is­ing in turbo in­stal­la­tions, ex­haust sys­tems, Dpchips, dyno-tun­ing and more.

2016 marks Rein­hard’s 60th year as a diesel ex­pert, and it also marks son An­drew’s 30th year work­ing along­side his dad. “I think we might be the only com­pany in the in­dus­try with three gen­er­a­tions work­ing here,” An­drew Leim­roth ex­plained.

“It’s Dad’s 60th an­niver­sary this year, and it’s coin­ci­den­tally my 30th an­niver­sary, be­cause it was 1986 when I started work­ing with Dad. So we’ve got 30, 60 and the three gen­er­a­tions, so it’s a bit of a corker of a year.”

Ini­tially, nei­ther of An­drew’s sons in­tended to join the fam­ily busi­ness. “One did sports sci­ence and the other did a chef’s de­gree,” An­drew said. “They love all that, but they said, ‘We want to be in the busi­ness’, so Trent [22] came in at the start of the year – he’s do­ing his ap­pren­tice­ship and goes to TAFE – and Baden [20] is a chef by trade, but they’re both get­ting into the busi­ness. They’ve both got a pas­sion for ve­hi­cles, they al­ways have, and so here they are.”

An­drew’s brother Scott is study­ing at Wol­lon­gong Univer­sity, but he’s still in­volved with the fam­ily busi­ness, look­ing after the mar­ket­ing side of things and man­ning the Dpchip stand at 4x4 shows around Aus­tralia.

“Scott is do­ing a mar­ket­ing/psy­chol­ogy de­gree, so he’ll prob­a­bly have a bunch of won­der­ful brain­wash­ing ideas to use when he’s fin­ished,” said An­drew with a laugh.

2016 has been a mo­men­tous year for Berrima Diesel Ser­vice, but it hasn’t all been plain sail­ing. The com­pany has been in­volved in a tus­sle with the lo­cal coun­cil in re­gards to a change in zon­ing, which could have it forced to change lo­ca­tions, or even close al­to­gether. For­tu­nately, the coun­cil saga ap­pears to have been re­solved, which is just as well for this grow­ing busi­ness and the com­mu­nity in which it op­er­ates.

“There’d be a good 12 or 13 peo­ple work­ing here now,” An­drew said. “So we’re a big lo­cal em­ployer, and we all spend money lo­cally. And Jimmy, our Filipino me­chanic, well he’s Aus­tralian now – he’s got his fam­ily com­ing out here… I mean, we con­trib­ute a lot, and it all just con­tin­ues to grow.”

Three gen­er­a­tions of proud Leimroths, at the fam­ily busi­ness.

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