1937 Alfred Downs joined the Wanganui/Rangitikei Electric Power Board as a trainee Linesman.  Alf continued working for the WREPB for fourteen years installing the first power services in the area. Whilst there he met Alan Dawson, electrical trouble man and together they formed a new business of Dawson & Downs Limited with Alf starting an adult apprenticeship to become a qualified electrician. Unfortunately the partnership was short lived.  Alf completed his apprenticeship under Bill Winstanley who was a retired Electrical Inspector.

1953  On the 1st of April, Alf Downs founded his own company Alf Downs Limited.
1960  Alf’s son Kelvin Downs joined the company as an apprentice electrician.
1970 Kelvin Downs became a partner in the business and the ‘& Son’ was added to the company name. 
1976  Robert Gunn joined the small company as an apprentice electrician serving under both Kelvin and Alf.
1980  Alf retired and Kelvin Downs took over the management of the company. 
1994 Robert Gunn became a partner in the business.
1995  Ash Williamson,  joined the company from England after emigrating to New Zealand.
1996  Alf Downs & Son Limited are the first privately owned company to contract to a Local authority carrying out street lighting maintenance .
1999  After three years of street lighting  as Alf Downs & Son Ltd, Alf Downs Street Lighting Limited was formed as a standalone company.
2001  Kelvin Downs retired and Robert Gunn became the Managing Director.
2003  Company celebrates fifty years in business.
2005  ADS Lines & Alf Downs Appliances established as limited companies
2008  Robert Gunn becomes a partner in Control Box, Hastings & Wellington, joining Tim Corbin as Directors.
2010  Aaron Reade, employee became a company director and manager for ADS Lines Ltd.
2011  ADG Mechanical Limited established.
2012  Downs Environmental established.
2013  Company celebrates sixty successful years in business.
2016  The company buys out Rural Power 2012 Ltd.
2018   The company marks its sixty fifth year of operations.

Established in 1953 The Downs Group Based in The Central North Island

235 Broadway
PO Box 275
New Zealand
Phone: 06 327 0017
Fax: 06 327 6348