Leaders In School Stage Curtain Manufacturing,
Restoration and Rigging
The year was 1929. The stock market just crashed and the severe economic downturn known as the Great Depression was beginning to rock the world. Arlee Prine, ever the optimist, packed his family and his bags, and moved from Detroit to the small village of Ilion, New York, because his wife’s family owned property here. He opened a new drycleaning and laundry plant in Ilion. It was a risky move, but he had nothing to lose -- his plant in Detroit had burned to the ground.
Arlee’s decision proved to be a prosperous one. In the 1930s and 1940s, Prine Cleaners & Laundry became the largest drycleaning facility in the Mohawk Valley -- with 90 employees at its peak. It consisted of four divisions: retail drycleaning, commercial laundry and linens, automated rug cleaning, and drapery drycleaning and repair service.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the business was stable and reliable. Customers were pleased with the quality and services, and employees could count on steady work and weekly paychecks. The reputation of the company was rock solid.
In 1963, George Reynolds, head of the drapery department, bought the rug cleaning and drapery service divisions and continued operations at the original location. Then in 1968, the village of Ilion used federal funding under the Urban Renewal Program, and took over the original plant by eminent domain. The plant was torn down and a new housing project was built on the site. George purchased property in the nearby village of Newport. He converted an inn and bowling alley into a functional and operational shop.
In 1970, George’s son, Richard Reynolds, bought the drapery division, and became chief of operations. In 1975, with the advent of wall-to-wall carpeting, the rug cleaning division ceased operations and Richard renamed the company Reynolds Drapery Service. In 1976, the business was incorporated.
Since opening its doors in Newport four decades ago, Reynolds Drapery has specialized in fabrication, restoration and flameproofing of stage curtains for schools and theatrical companies. In 1990, Michael Moody was named vice-president. He brought his expertise to the company and developed what is now our high quality theatrical rigging component.
Today, Reynolds Drapery continues to service thousands of school theaters nationwide and some of the top theatrical companies in the country. Arlee Prine and George Reynolds would be most pleased with the company’s innovation, longevity and use of renovative technologies.
Become part of our legacy as a valued and satisfied customer. Call us today for a quote or for more details about our products and services, (315) 845-8632.