Welcome to RF Pitcher & Son Ltd
With a wide range of products and solutions at our fingertips, we can complete any project you require, from the smallest inside paint and paperhanging job to an Exterior Residential Repaint or mid size commercial painting project. We do sprayed Lacquer finishes for Kitchens New and Existing, Furniture and Shop fittings.
R F Pitcher & Son is a family business with a long history of quality workmanship. Founder Ray Pitcher moved from Palmerston North to Napier to find work in the aftermath of the devastating Hawke’s Bay earthquake in 1931 and established a painting company there in 1935. Due to his organizational skills, he ran the business successfully throughout the Hawke’s Bay, Wairoa and Gisborne Areas.
Ray was advised to give up painting due to lead poisoning in 1940, so along with his family he returned to Palmerston North to take up farming in the Roberts Line area. During the War he organized many local farmers into a type of co-operative for milk delivery and hay making etc. But ill health caused by overwork again impeded Ray’s work, so in 1945 he moved into town and took up painting again.
Ray’s son Murray joined the business in 1948, along with Brian Stout, and over the following years the three built the business into one of the biggest and best painting companies in Palmerston North. From the late 1960s through 90s, many major contracts were completed such as Palmerston North Hospital, Mass University, State Insurance, Glaxo, Tui Dairy Factory in Pahiatua and Marton Freezing works buildings.
During this period of rapid expansion, however, the residential market still remained priority in the company’s progress. Many of our existing clients have had their houses painted two or three times by R F Pitcher & Son, spanning a period of 20-25 years. With Mark Pitcher, Ray’s grandson, joining the family company in 1975, we have now seen three generations of Pitchers driving the decorating industry in Palmerston North and surrounding districts.
New Developments were in store and in 1989 a unique part of our current business was established. A Spraybooth was designed and put to work in one of our premises for the purpose of applying Two Pack Lacquer Finishes to Kitchen and Furniture. It wasn’t long before all sorts of Furniture, Artwork and other interesting items were sent to the company for this high quality finish.
In 2007 the company moved to new premises in 14 Railway Road from our long term base in Donnington Street. A new State of the Art Spraybooth was purchased and set up. Again in 2017 we were on the move to premises at 33 Kelvin Grove Road and have shifted and set up our Spraybooth. All in readiness to help those with new and Existing Kitchens receive the Two Pack Lacquer Finish.
Although we now have a smaller Team we are very much focused on delivering the best results for our Customers.
R F Pitcher & Son Ltd has helped Palmerston North families care for their homes for generations. We appreciate the customers that we have had over the past 83 years and look forward to beautifying the homes and businesses of many more Palmerstonians.