The CEO of Lindsay Manufacturing was inducted into the Vacuum and Sewing Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, NV at the opening ceremonies of the VDTA/SDTA trade show.
Winston S. Lindsay III , of Lindsay Manufacturing, was recently inducted into the Vacuum Dealer Trade Association (VDTA) Hall of Fame at the annual VDTA convention in Las Vegas, Nev. Being inducted into the VDTA/SDTA Hall of Fame is a high honor for professionals in the floor care and sewing industry. Those who hold the classification have over 20 years of experience working in the industry. They have conducted business in such a manner to always reflect favorably on the industry, and they have contributed as a leader in some fashion as to better the organization as a whole. Winston has a passion for the vacuum industry and is the second of a third generation manufacturing family that has been manufacturing Vacu-Maid central vacuums since 1956.
Lindsay was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1952, but moved to Ponca City, Okla., in 1963 when his father Ed Sr. joined his father and brother building heat exchangers. Soon after, Lindsay Manufacturing switched focus and began producing their own central vacuum systems under the trade name Vacu-Maid and Ponca City became home, where their family business continues its operations today.
He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics and then went on to receive his Masters of Business Administration in 1975.
After college he worked as a production engineer for Texas Instruments in Sherman, Texas before moving back to Ponca City to become the plant manager of Lindsay Manufacturing in 1977. In 1985 Winston became CEO of the company. He has spent his career working on improving technology and efficiency of the Vacu-Maid products and continues to grow the business in the U.S. and international markets around the world.
He was a member of VCMA (Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturers Association), and continues to be a member of ASTM and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). His engineering background and knowledge of central vacuums has helped develop and improve industry standards, including initiating fitting and tubing standards. He has served as Chairman of the Central Vacuum Committee under the Floor Care division of AHAM and Chairman of Central Vacuum Standards for ASTM. He is presently the AHAM Floor Care Chair and has received the HALE Award from AHAM recognizing his contributions to the floor care industry.
Lindsay has been active in the Opportunity Center in Ponca City. The Opportunity Center provides facilities and services that are sustainable, innovative, and compassionate for the life-long benefit of people with developmental disabilities in Kay County. He has served on the boards and is currently the president of the Kay County Council, the fundraising board for the Opportunity Center. Lindsay Manufacturing even provides employment opportunities for a number of the Opportunity Center individuals to work in an enclave group within the manufacturing plant.
He has been married to his wife Betty for 38 years and they have two children, Winston IV and Natalie, both also employed by Lindsay Manufacturing and continuing the Vacu-Maid legacy. He has three grandchildren and spends much of his free time with them or on the golf course.
Lindsay continues to work hard for the improvement of the central vacuum industry. His philosophy is that we should work together with our competitors and suppliers to continue to grow the business for all.