Our Story

Involved in manufacturing umbrellas since 1899 , Westcott has a long history of designing innovative, high-quality products. Now 120 years, 19 patents, and over 600 products later, we’re still designing and manufacturing durable, high-end lighting equipment for professional filmmakers and photographers across the globe.

Tom Waltz

Our Quest

"Our quest is to constantly offer great products at a fair price, back it up with killer customer service, and make it fun to do business with us."

Tom Waltz
Founder & Executive Chariman

Tom Waltz at Tradeshow


Byron Nelson

The Early Years

In 1899, our first factory was constructed in downtown Toledo, Ohio for manufacturing fashion umbrellas. Within our first year of business, we were awarded our first patent for detachable umbrella handles. Through the early 1900s, we became the industry leader in fashionable, high-quality umbrellas.

In 1944, golf umbrellas were first designed by President C.H. Haas and VP of Sales Byron Nelson. The following year, Byron Nelson set a record for 11 straight professional tournament victories. Through the mid-1900s, we became the industry leader in golf umbrella design and manufacturing.

Our Pros and Partners

Our team of Top Pros and Partners is comprised of professional photographers and filmmakers from around the globe. We partner with talented individuals who have dedicated their careers to perfecting their art and sharing their knowledge. Each is a master of his or her specialty covering fashion, wedding, advertising, portraiture, food, commercial, and editorial photography. All of our Top Pros share common ground with their use of Westcott lighting gear to create truly spectacular imagery.

Lighting Used in Production

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