Happy Golden Anniversary of Weather Innovation to Us
This year, Davis is in celebration mode. It’s our Golden Anniversary! We’re raising our mugs of tea to two fresh-out-of-business-school guys, who, back in 1969, decided to scrape together enough cash to buy a business. How could youngsters Jim Acquistapace and Bob Selig have guessed that the little marine product company they bought from Mr. Davis himself would someday become a worldwide weather station company with a reputation for producing high quality, affordable, rugged, and accurate weather stations?
Bob Selig, standing in his trademark Hawaiian shirt, and Jim Acquistapace in their first Davis Instruments headquarters, 1972.
At the time, Davis Instruments was making a wonderful, lightweight plastic sextant – a tool for navigating the seas. How, you may ask, did we get from there to here?
The first product that veered from “just marine” to “marine weather” was the Turbometer, released in 1984. It was a hand-held wind meter for sailors. It spurred the dynamic duo to jump all the way into the weather business by acquiring Digitar and starting to manufacture their first weather station. That humble little station (it was actually pretty darned good, even without a humidity sensor!) was to be the granddaddy of our high-tech Vantage Pro2 and Vantage Vue stations.
Bob and Jim celebrated 30 years at our current headquarters in Hayward, California, in 1999.
We like to think of 2019 as our “Golden Anniversary of Weather Innovation,” still under the direction of Jim and Bob. This year’s release of WeatherLink Live will bring us full circle from our beginnings. We started out manufacturing a bit of plastic that miraculously let you know where you were in the world with just the sky for a guide. This year, we’ll release our newest creation: WeatherLink Live, another beautifully molded bit of plastic housing an equally miraculous technology that gathers the details of your own micro-climate and delivers it to the phone in your pocket and weatherlink.com.
So here’s to those two young business school grads who sailed a sextant through 50 years of innovation to this high-tech world neither of them could have imagined. A second clink of the glasses to our engineers, production workers, customer and technical support reps, and all the behind-the-scenes Davis family who love a challenge and cherish our reputation for excellence. Finally, let’s start planning our Centennial in 2069. Who knows what kind of weather data capabilities will need to be engineered into our flying cars, jet packs, and robot butlers?