Our Facility was

established in 1950.

A BRIEF HISTORY

Pullar Cold Storage (Pullar’s) is a family owned business located in Cobram Victoria, 3 hours north of Melbourne. The business was originally based at Ardmona after Philip Pullar’s grandfather established an orchard in the 1880s. The family moved to Cobram in 1912 to take advantage of a better climate and irrigation water from the Murray. The cold storage facility was established in 1950 when the first cool room was built. It started as a relatively small, refrigerated storage facility, only used for fruit with 8 small cool rooms. In 1987 Pullar’s expanded to offer greater capacity and cheese storage due to an increase in demand from the dairy industry. The next two decades saw this demand continue to increase, along with the storage facility, leading to a multi-million dollar expansion in 2002. During that time Pullar’s have established long lasting relationships with their clients, and now have 23 cold storage rooms with a holding capacity of up to 17,500 refrigerated pallets.

Our Staff

Meet the team behind Pullar Cold Storage.

  • Dean Pullar
    Dean PullarDirector

    Growing up in Cobram on his father’s farm, Dean has been involved in the business from a young age. Moving away to boarding school in Melbourne, Dean was able to pursuit other passions outside of the family business, including springboard diving. After completing high school Dean moved to Brisbane to accept a Diving scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport. Over the next decade Dean trained and competed at the highest level internationally, culminating in 2000 with a Bronze Medal at the Sydney Olympics in the Men’s 3m Synchronised Event. Dean returned to the family business in 2002, and under the guidance of his father Philip, helped manage the fruit orchard and expand the cold storage business. Pullar’s has transformed since selling the orchard in 2011 and Dean, along with management and staff, have concentrated on providing a high quality storage experience to clients.

  • Duane Kelly
    Duane KellyOperations Manager

    Duane started his career as an apprentice butcher with Woolworths and went on to get an early release from his apprentice after 3 years, going straight into a management role. Duane progressed through to other fresh product department roles and also did various reliefs as the meat trade specialist within the area. He completed a Certificate 4 in Retail Management, advancing to the store management team. Duane was also heavily involved in OHS, as well as being the return to work coordinator and the food safety coordinator. Over his time at Woolworths he worked in various regional and metro stores, but Cobram has always been his home store. In 2011 Duane decided to pursue other career interests and commenced work at Bega Cheese Strathmerton as a Natural Cut Team Leader, which he did for 10 months until the role as a Production Shift Supervisor was offered to him. During this time Duane was responsible for the supervision of 150+ employees and to ensure the smooth running of the plant. This experience has given Duane a great knowledge of the requirements of manufacturers and retail businesses, leading him to be hired at Pullar Cold Storage in July of 2014 as the Operations Manager.

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