ORIGIN Airgro was started in 1986 by Gerrit du Preez and Tom Meintjes to undertake air conditioning and ventilation installations to major developments such as shopping centres, office buildings, computer centres, hospitals and hotels.

Tom left Airgro South Africa in August 2002 to manage a large air conditioning project in Dubai on behalf of Airgro. He retired from service with Airgro in August 2004 to pursue his personal interests in Dubai, but maintains a close relationship with Airgro who still values his technical expertise very highly.