“Whatever happened to the Wayne Compressors Company” a visitor to this site asked.
He went on “I have a large upright twin cylinder Wayne Compressor. These were very popular in a lot of service stations in California.
Mine is still running pretty well but will no longer make pressure above about 120 pounds.
It used to run at about 175 pounds for years. I expect the valves and rings are worn. But I cannot seem to find any information on this manufacturer or anything source for parts either.
This was not a fly by night company and I’m surprised that there is virtually no information available on these. What ever happened to the Wayne Pump Company of Wayne Indiana ? ? ?”
Well, we did some research, and this may be part of the story, Ron:
“On June 11, 1943, the assets of Equipment Corporation were acquired by the Wayne Pump Company and moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. Six years later, following the purchase of the company by C.J. Symington, the Wayne Pump Company merged with the Martin & Schwartz Company from Salisbury, Maryland. Symington combined the field working group and the senior management group of Martin & Schwartz with the Wayne Pump Company name and location. In 1951, poor labor conditions and a strike in Fort Wayne forced Symington to move the Hose Reel Division and the Gasoline Pump Division back to Salisbury, Maryland, leaving the Air Compressor Division as the only product line left in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
During the late 50’s, the Wayne Pump Company name was changed to Symington – Wayne to include the Symington – Gould Company in Depew, New York. In the next ten years the Symington – Wayne Company would experience more changes than just its name. The following decade saw controlling interest change to Dresser Industries.”
Then, Who is Wayne-Vaughn Equipment?
Now, to complicate that a bit, this site has a post from another visitor about Wayne air compressors. It says “Wayne-Vaughn Equipment Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana sent me a PDF manual for mine (a Wayne air compressor), which is a model #5163HG. They only have the complete valve assemblies in stock. No other parts available. In the picture of the tag, the top number is the model# and the bottom number is the serial#. Number for Wayne-Vaughn parts is 877-655-6804 X-202. I talked to
Tom and he was most helpful and quite patient. He told me about the history of my particular model (last made in 1950). Hope this helps. Good Luck.
Update: November 2019. Our thanks to Larry who says.. ” Just got a hold of Wayne-Vaughn Equipment. They no longer sell parts for Wayne compressors. They told me best option is to scrap the pump.”
If you wish to try your luck with them anyway, the Wayne Vaughn contact info is:
716 East Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
1-877-655-6804 — Toll Free
1-260-424-4044 — Local
You have to wonder about the coincidence of Wayne compressors of Wayne Indiana and Wayne Vaughn of Fort Wayne, Indiana, don’t you?
Maybe you could shed some light on the Wayne compressors company? If so, please add questions and upload any photos you have below. It seems a lot of folks are interested.
Thanks, to Roger for suggesting, and for Victor’s Shop for making the following video on the restoration of a Wayne air compressor. A good watch, well made. Enjoy.