Completing his apprenticeship, Steve Prestidge starts his career as a fully qualified electrician, working for local Hawera companies, building a reputation for great standards and service.
Now a young father looking towards his families future, Steve decides it’s time to go it alone and Presco Electrical is born. An electrical contracting business working out of an old horse stables, mainly across industrial properties and new homes.
Later that same year… With Kiwi (now Fonterra) engineers struggling with scaffolding on a job, Steve sees a better way and sub-hires a scissorlift from a friend in Hastings which becomes the first scissorlift available for hire in Taranaki.
In a growing industry, Steve is inspired to make illuminated signs, some of which still stand today. His idea evolved into making moulded plastic covers for refrigeration.
Meanwhile, the electrical business is booming, with up to 15 contactors also working under the Presco Electrical name. Steve expands into a bigger space and hires his first employee; his youngest brother, Carl, another brother, David, manages the scissorlift delivery.
An acquaintance offers Steve an opportunity to purchase more access gear. Steve adds cherry pickers and another scissor lift to his fleet and starts trading as Hire Lift.
The acquaintance returns, this time with small hire gear on offer. Steve purchases the gear and Hawera Hire is created. The business moves to the corner of Scott St and Tawhiti Road.
Steve sells Presco Electrical to a friend looking to start his own electrical business and focus’ on the growing Hire customer base. Presco Electrical becomes the Hawera branch of JLE.
Inspired by Hawera’s great response to his commitment to service and reliability, Steve leases a small building in New Plymouth and a second access fleet begins forming.
A small business cleaning roofs at Fonterra becomes available for sale. A plant manager approaches Steve suggesting he purchase. Presco Environmental begins operating from a portacom on the side of the Hawera Hire offices providing specialist industrial cleaning services focused on the food production industry.
With Steve adding a concrete manufacturing to the mix, he purchases an old BMX track down the road from Hawera Hire and sets up a base for Presco Environmental and the new Presco Products. Presco Products begins building a reputation for quality concrete products for farmers including troughs and feed bunkers.
With Steve’s sons joining the business, Steve changes the business from a partnership to a company.
Presco Products becomes Presco Infrastructure and with effluent management for NZ farmers becoming a hot topic and plastic-lined storage ponds not lasting the distance, Presco develops their solution, the concrete Prosump.
Hawera Hire and Hire Lift merge to become Presco Hire and the ribbon is cut at a new purpose-built branch in New Plymouth.
Presco acquires Titan Precut in Hawera and Marton and renames the business to Presco Prenail; designing, building and delivering wooden frame and truss.
A Presco Hire Hawera customer is so impressed by the service he receives; he asks to deal with them throughout the country. Supplier partnerships start forming and the service is offered to more customers.
With the big concrete infrastructure installs requiring staff to spend a lot of time away from home and family, the decision is made to sell the business.
Meanwhile, a new purpose-built manufacturing shed is built for Prenail and the new hire facilitation service is well-received in the market.
Presco Environmental opens an online store selling quality, innovative products that supplement their cleaning service.
As a business we’ve continued to innovate and provide services where our local industry has needed them most. We’re excited about new opportunities ahead, as we continue to grow and support our customers across our three areas of business.
To build a sustainable business that supports Presco families and contributes to our communities and charities.
With Steve still at the helm as Presco’s CEO, each of our divisions have stayed true to our founding values. As a team, we’re guided by these key principles in how we support our customers, how we hire our people and how we reward our staff. So, no matter how we work together, you can expect trusted advice and the consistent standard of service that the Presco name was built on.
Across our three areas of operation, we’ve built specialist teams, trusted for their skills, advice and commitment to getting the job done. We know it’s our people that make the difference, and we’re proud of our reputation for reliable service and workmanship.
We’re always on the lookout for skilled people to join us. A role at Presco is a chance to work for a family-owned organisation that truly values its employees while contributing to some of New Zealand’s most important industries.
While each area of our business has distinct expertise, we’re unified in our commitment to providing exceptional service through long-term relationships with our customers and partners. We’ve built teams made up of leading New Zealand experts; they have qualifications that meet industry standards, but knowledge and experience that exceed them.