How The Company Started
In 1986, at the age of 20, Terry Gormley started a promotional screen printing business, and it wasn't long before he had fashioned a brand of clothing called Powerhouse inspired by his Staffordshire terrier. Like many young entrepreneurs, the launching ground of Terry's business happened to be his parent's garage. Here his T-shirts were printed and then sold at flea markets around South Africa, followed by a mail-order system within a number of gyms.
How The Company Evolved
In 1994, Powerhouse began to supply Mr. Price with the brand exclusively, and enjoyed a parallel growth curve over many years. In 1996 Justin Mansfield and Nadeen Horwood joined the team and two years later Terry left the company in their hands and headed off to America in pursuit of international recognition for the brand.
The company evolved and took on other products, no longer just running with the branded tees. Powerhouse established additional Sales divisions and started to expand and grow the business further by supplying other retail chains.
Due to the strength of our creative team, it was an obvious move to continue with licensed brands and this has developed into one of the company's core assets.
Creative designs together with strong partnerships with yarn, knitting and print suppliers have enabled Powerhouse to deliver innovative merchandise at competitive prices.
Where The Company Is Today
Today we operate as Powerhouse Clothing Co. (Pty) Ltd with Justin and Nadeen at the helm as company directors. Our head office is based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and our fabric mill, Powerknit, is located nearby in Pinetown.
Having been in business now for over 25 years, we supply major retail chain stores throughout South Africa. Our customers include the likes of Mr Price, Edcon Group, Pick 'n Pay, Ackermans, Shoprite, Pep, Hub, Jam Clothing, Musica and other clothing designers.
We have the reputation for being a strong, local, reliable supplier of high quality well priced knitwear based products to the South African chain stores. Although we specialize in printed cotton knitwear we also supply woven and denim garments, manufacturing up to one million outerwear garments per month and up to 700 thousand underwear garments.
The company represents some of the top global brands that bring joy and enchantment to children and adults alike - Disney & Marvel, Barbie, Warner Bros, Fox, Hasbro, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Mattel, Top Gear and Hello Kitty, to name just a few.
An innovative South African Clothing company.
Enriching our community through sustainable partnerships.
A passionate company with the POWER TO DELIVER.