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Pryors Apparelmaster

Pryors Apparelmaster
We will be showcasing a selection of our industrial workwear which is used by a large range of industries and customers, as well as rubber floor mats, towels, tea towels and first aid kits. We feel we can provide options suitable for all manner of workplace requirements.
Making a living as a carpenter and a seamstress in post-war Te Awamutu wasn’t easy, and with 6 children to feed, Ray and Joan Pryor moved their family closer to Auckland. As a result, the Papakura Dry Cleaning Co. was established in 1951.
With a small hand-built plant, the company set its roots firmly in Papakura providing drycleaning services to the growing local community. Their first commercial client of size was the Papakura Army Camp.
Business flourished through the 60s, and all the family were kept busy either working at the main plant, or at 1 of the 5 factory outlets all located in the Papakura area. However, with the trend toward casual clothing, wash and wear polyester, and with washing machines becoming both affordable and easy to use, business started to decline.
With personal drycleaning decreasing, the range of services offered had to be extended, so in 1983 Papakura Dry Cleaning added the growing Apparelmaster workplace rental and laundry solutions license. As a result, a new plant was established at Great South Road, Takanini.
It wasn’t long before the company outgrew their Great South Rd plant, and in 2001 they moved to a purpose-built factory in Takanini School Road – a great way to celebrate 50 years in business. And to further recognise the successful Apparelmaster partnership, The Papakura Dry Cleaning Co became known as Pryors Apparelmaster.
Investing in new technology (much of it seen in operation at the International Clean Show, held bi-annually in the USA) such as their brand new state of the art German Engineered (CBW) Centrifugal Batch Washer and 2x Gas Powered 120kg dryers with loading/unloading conveyors has increased servicing capacity, reduced water & heating costs and crucially improved the garment life and wash quality.
Further investments in technology over the years include: Garment Folders, an overhead bagging systems, garment Tunnel Finisher. Every garment processed through the plant is individually identified with a unique barcode, improving stock control & tracking. A heat exchanger was also installed to reduce energy costs & re-use energy in the plant.
The team at Pryors Apparelmaster are very proud of the plant, and invite any customer to visit for a personal tour of the plant.
Papakura Drycleaners started as a Pryors family business, and the same core values and principles are upheld today through Owen’s daughter Emma and son-in-law Brett Homan at the reins. Both share the same passion for growth and pioneering spirit that the company was founded on by Ray and Joan back in 1951

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