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