Our History

A.J. Baker & Sons commenced its operations in Perth (WA) in 1920 operating at that time as a trading Company. In 1931 the business activities enlarged to encompass its present operation as a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Service Provider and Contractor. From its inception the Company has shown steady and profitable progress.

In 2003 the Company expanded into Queensland and has cemented its position with major supermarket works for Woolworths, Coles, ALDI and major IGA independent chains. Works in Queensland extend all the way from Townsville to the NSW border.

In 2008 the Company opened the Victorian Office. This allows our major clients in Victoria a local presence, which expands to full supermarket installation and case supply capability.

Mid 2009 saw the Company open a Branch in New South Wales. This is to extend the Company’s ability to service its National clients. The branch provides warehousing, case supply and installation services for major retail clients. We are also committed to further expand the NSW capabilities.

November 2013 saw the announcement of the purchase of South Australian based business Hill Equipment & Refrigeration Pty Ltd (Herco). The acquisition completes a ten year period of expansion from a solely Western Australia based refrigeration Contracting Company to one with a National presences in the Capital Cities of all five Mainland States. This acquisition will greatly increase the influence of Baker Refrigeration with the Australian Commercial Refrigeration Market, in addition to the further opportunities that Hill Equipment bring to the table with their Catering and Defence products.

Since 2016 we completed more than 100 Coles’ stores, more than 150 Woolworths’, more than 150 ALDI’s, more than 100 IGA’s, the Johnson Casino Group in Noumea (New Caledonia). All the above projects have been backed by the A.J. Baker & Sons Service Department.

In these 90 years the Company has achieved many important milestones. We have been the first local WA Refrigeration Manufacturer, the first local WA Air Conditioning Manufacturer, leaders in edge Rack Technology for Supermarket applications, first and unique National Importer of Welbilt-Manitowoc Ice Machines, first major importer of pre-assembled self-contained refrigeration display cases into Australia, exclusive importer of Bonnet Neve refrigeration cabinets and compressor rack systems for Australia. Examples of most of these products are on display in our modern showrooms in each state. The Company also has a large Australia wide sales network of dealers who allow deep market penetration and sales support of our plug-in products.

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