Southern States Group


Dealer Principal

Commencing his career as a sales cadet with Transpec in 1972 selling BPW axles, suspensions and other transport components, Roger quickly established himself within the transport industry as their product specialist.

In 1976 Roger was appointed as the Transpec Victorian Thermo King sales manager and nine years later, Transpec appointed him as the Australian Thermo King Sales manager, looking after all National accounts.In 1993 Roger was approached by Thermo King Head office in the USA to become the Victorian and Tasmanian sole Thermo King Dealer and didn’t hesitate to take on that fantastic opportunity.

Enlisting former service colleague Cyril Taylor, Roger drove the sales, finance, parts and infrastructure of the business including design and build of our purpose built facilities.

Roger now focuses on the financial stability and contractual agreements of the business.

Southern States Group


Dealer Principal

Cyril has spent the past 52 years working as a pioneer within the transport refrigeration industry.

With humble beginnings which began at American Refrigeration Co., India, Cyril worked as a technician and service manager gaining a plethora of experience working at Quirks Refrigeration, Mayne Nicolas/Templo and Transpec.

In 1983 Cyril Taylor Refrigeration and Air-conditioning services P/L was formed, where he worked as an independent service provider to many Transport Refrigeration and Bus companies around the country.

In 1993 he was approached by an old associate Roger Partington to start Southern States Thermo King.

Cyril still oversees the technical operations division of the business and continues to assist with the training of the new generation.

Southern States Group


Managing Director

Wayne has worked with Southern States since its inception.

Wayne eventually joined Roger in 1996, working under him as a Sales representative.

In 1997 he was awarded International Thermo King Sales Manager of the year and was appointed as the Southern States Group Sales Manager in 1998.

Since, Wayne has worked hard to advance Southern States Group to be Australia’s market leading dealer for Thermo King and Anteo products.

He succeeded in his pursuit and as such was appointed General Manager of Southern States Group in 2008.

He established Thermo King Rail Australia and Whiting Australia, and is accountable for the strategic direction, profitability, growth and continued retention of the company’s long term and new relationships.