Veteran businessman says farewell after five decades
"SOMEONE once told me you'd never make a million in Warwick, but Warwick will look after you.”
Over the past five decades, Bob Lindenberg has found this advice to be on the money, as he's learnt good people are invaluable and Warwick customers are incredibly sincere.
The veteran businessman is now preparing to start a new chapter as he hands over the keys of his King St business, Styan and Lindenberg, to a new owner on Friday.
From the time he attended Warwick East State School and Warwick State High School, Mr Lindenberg always wanted to be an electrician.
He completed his apprenticeship in 1951 with the Toowoomba Electric Light and Power Company.
But in 1964, after the company was absorbed by the Southern Electric Authority of Queensland and went out of contracting, he teamed up with Les Styan to create a new electrical contracting business.
The pair took some of the employees that would otherwise have been out of the job and started afresh.
"The first Friday wasn't too great when we had to pay them, we've had some times to get through,” Mr Lindenberg said.
"I've had no regrets but we've had our ups and downs.”
But he did get through the tough times at one of Warwick's oldest businesses and over the years he has tackled huge jobs wiring at the Warwick council chambers, TAFE Queensland Warwick campus and Warwick Art Gallery.
He's also used his expertise at Leslie Dam and Warwick Hospital.
Tackling those big jobs was one of the challenges faced over the years, the now 82-year-old said.
But with a team that was up to 14-mechanics strong in the 1970s, Mr Lindenberg got through tough times with his wife Joan by his side.
Mr Lindenberg has also helped train 50 apprentices over the years.
"You've got to train people all the time, if you don't train them who's going to continue?” he said.
One of those apprentices is now continuing his legacy, with Rodney Ogden, who started his apprenticeship with Mr Lindenberg in 1986, set to take over.
Mr Lindenberg said he was happy Mr Ogden would be taking care of the business.
"I dreaded the thought of it closing and not being here,” Mr Lindenberg said.
Mr Lindenberg is now looking forward to spending time with the many community groups he has dedicated time to over the years, as he is a life member of Warwick Golf Club, Warwick Show and Rodeo Society, the Warwick Chamber of Commerce and Warwick Benevolent Society.
Although the business name will be changing to Electrical Worx Warwick, Mr Ogden said he was pleased he and his wife Tanya would to be taking over from the man who trained him.
"He's very easy going, he's too generous with his time and money,” Mr Ogden said.
Drinks will be held at Styan and Lindenberg at 46 King St from 3.30pm on Friday for anyone who wishes to say farewell to Bob.