Did George Way ever work for Camco?

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I have read that the George Way Drum Company experienced a hostile takeover of sorts by Camco in 1961, and that within the span of a few days, George Way was out of the company. Does that mean that there are no Camco drums designed by George Way? Or would it be fair to say that the early Camco Oaklawn drums were effectively George Way drums, since there's no way they would have changed much about the drums immediately?

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The short answer is that George Way was responsible for the general design elements that we think of as "Camco," but there were some adjustments and changes after the takeover. You should be able to read about this on the Vintage Camco website (just click on any of the catalog covers for that part of the George Way / Camco history):

 

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The answer is no as he was let go when the company was still The George Way Drum Company. It is explained pretty clearly by George Way himself in the the book by Rob Cook titled “George Way’s Little Black Book”.

There was a story floating around for years that he lost his company because he owed a huge debt to the Camco hardware company. That story is false and was simply a rumor. The real story is that John Rochon , President Of Camco hardware, simply kept buying up shares until he had 51% thus achieving controlling power and ousted GW from his own company!
 

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One version of the George Way story:

 

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One version of the George Way story:

Please note that this article was written and reviewed by Ronn Dunnett and Rob Cook prior to publication. It also appears in The Leedy Way book recently published by Rob Cook.
 


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