The present managing director Steven and his father Richard, chairman of directors has a family tradition of father/son relationship engaged in Engineering and Construction Industries for the past six generations in Australia since the year 1853.
The first three generations were employed by the Victorian State Government Railway Department for all their working lines over a period of 88 years, as Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, also in the Bridge Building Construction section for 30 years from 1870.
1853 Richard Waycott son of William Waycott
Coach and railway rolling stock manufacturer in Surrey, near London England, was sent to Australia with his wife and family at 28 year of age accompanying the shipment of prefabricated passenger carriages with the responsibility for the assembly at the railway workshops in Williamstown (The Port for Melbourne) Victoria, Australia, in 1853.
He commenced working for the Railway Department in 1854 and remained in charge of carriage and wagon construction until his retirement in 1889.
1854 William Henry son of Richard born in Melbourne in 1854 was apprenticed in the Bridge Building Section of the Way & Works Branch of the railways during the greatest expansion in the history of the Victorian railways – A state run government department to this day. He also worked all his life in this railway department until retirement in 1919. William passed away at Essendon in 1936.
1881 William Henry son of William Henry .Born Williamstown in 1881, apprenticed in the Railways Engineering Workshop in 1896 and by 1900 graduated from the Railway College as an Electrical Engineer and joined the Signals Branch at this time. In 1920 completed the automatic signal system of the Melbourne to Albury – 300 Km express track on this leg of the Melbourne to Sydney main line. Subsequently became signal supervisor for the Victorian State, Railway system until he died in 1924 at the age of 42.
He developed a key interest in dairy farming with Jersey milking cows with a herd of over fifty animals looked after by eldest son and four other children.
1909 William Glen Waycott son of William
Born in Mooneeponds Melbourne in 1909. In 1926 apprenticed in the engineering section of the railways section at Spotswood, Melbourne and transferred in 1940 during World War II to ammunition production and in 1945 was employed at General Motors on tool making design for the Holden car untill 1950. When he retired and entered the motor car trade on his own account until he died in 1978.
1921 Richard Waycott – the 3rd son of William Waycott (paragraph 3) born Pascoe Vale in 1921 became an apprentice Technician to a Senior Engineer of Industrial Weighing Machines & Measuring Production Equipment in 1938. At a Melbourne engineering company.
1942 The company expanded as an essential industry on war production and Richard Waycott appointed as coordinator & control of government design and production until near the end of the war operation after operating 2 shifts per day for 3 years.
1944 Richard was given the opportunity to manage the transition back to normal commercial production and marketing including equipment and design hardware for rehabilitation of occupied countries in the Pacific and Far East.
1946 As manager of the company was responsible for design of new equipment for both industrial and domestic hardware, such as new methods in material control and conveying e.g. Readymix Concrete batching towers, scraper chain coal conveying volume measure feeds in coal fed power stations. Concrete top platform, weigh bridges for semi trailers and a complete range of household kitchen furniture electrical components for use with steel electrical conduit. As coordinator of the group of three companies coordinating management & financial control. It was during this time he studied cost accounting and management courses.
1953 Commenced in business on own account in Adelaide Capital of the adjoining State of South Australia as an equipment Merchant supplying and installing machinery to the expanding Motor car, Appliance and Construction industries, under the company name of Riteway Equipment P/L. This business existed under different management until 1998.
1957 He became a part owner and director of a small engineering and foundry company expanding into the heating appliance field with patent products to become the largest manufacturer of solid fuel, gas and electric heating appliances in the country and was largely responsible for the introduction of Barbecue outdoor entertainment with the ‘superchef’ three legged portable barbecue. The heater company employed over 300 people including the sales offices throughout Australia.
1965 He moved to Melbourne to establish a more central national marketing and distribution centre until the heater company was sold in 1968 and Richard Waycott retired.
1969 It must be noted that during a marketing and design visit to the USA in 1961 he was alerted to a new appliance introduced into the vacuum cleaning market. Namely a central vacuum cleaning system for residential use now more commonly known as a ‘ducted vac system’.
He established the AstroVac company with modified power units from the United States, introducing ducted vacuum systems into Australia, to be later manufactured in the country by AstroVac.
1978 The factory was established with the support of Gunter Michealsen a retired electrical and pump engineer with whom we designed and produced the first automatic wet disposal system of radical design. Allowing up to 20 operators from a single plant room with automatic wet disposal to the sewage system without any pressure variation to the system. At the same time the company expanded into other avenues of industrial installation using dry collection methods. At this time son Steven following his electrical apprenticeship joined the company as a partner and director of both commercial and domestic installations and we began operating from the new factory at 446 Station Street, Box Hill, Melbourne, Australia.
1992 Around this time the company became actively engaged in the constant supply of wet disposal systems to more than 50 major projects. Steven Waycott became the factory and marketing manager of the domestic residential division leaving the management of the commercial division to his father Richard.
2002 The company embarked on a program for design and development of a light weight PVC solid inlet valve with a registered design for all types of commercial systems. It allows for an unlimited number of operators at one time with efficiency and safety of the operator, they are of attractive appearance with a variety of finishes for wall and floor application at a greatly reduced cost compared to the previously manufactured cast metal valve.
2006 Richard Summerscales, grandson of Richard Waycott joined the family company becoming the sixth generation engaged in the engineering industry.