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Winston Lindsay III
Lindsay Manufacturing
1952 -

Edward LindsayWinston S. Lindsay III has a passion for the vacuum industry. He is the second of a third generation manufacturing family that has been manufacturing Vacu-Maid central vacuums since 1956.

Winston was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1952, but moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma 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.

Winston 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, TX 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.

Winston was a member of VCMA, 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.

Winston has been very 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 3 grandchildren and spends much of his free time with them or on the golf course.

Winston 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.

2014 Vacuum & Sewing Hall of Fame Inductee