Christmas retirement for Sunshine Coast ‘sparky’
LAST month, after 22 years, the man who invented the Cirlock System of Lockouts worked his last official day at Cirlock, Sunshine Coast.
At his retirement lunch, business founder Erik Larsen recalled the beginnings of the business.
"I was working as an electrical contractor for a NW Queensland Mining company.
They wanted to have lockout devices installed on their electrical switchboards. There was nothing suitable available so I decided to design a system myself. It worked and it was approved by the mine."
This original Cirlock Lockout System is still being made and sold by Cirlock along with other products within the range.
He said in the early days he started in a garden shed at a kitchen table.
"I worked at it in my spare time while working as a contract sparky in Mount Isa. After a while I quit my job and got a much larger shed workshop - which was needed when I started selling to many of Queensland's mining and wholesale companies."
Erik was always looking at new design ideas and said the, "inventing of new products" was something he enjoyed the most. From the days at the kitchen table, Cirlock embarked on an exciting journey, growing from nothing, to selling Cirlock designed and made products Australia wide and overseas.
One special highlight was the 2004 company move to the Sunshine Coast.
"We purchased a commercial building in Kunda Park and shifted everything to there. It turned out to be a great move," Erik said.
"The move triggered a massive increase in sales and we had become a 'real' company."
"I'm proud to have both of our children and their partners involved in the business to continue it on," Erik said.