Wayne A. Travis (1946-2020)
Born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 16, 1946, Wayne Travis’s younger years were spent in Hyde Park, where he graduated from Hyde Park High School with the Class of 1965. Following his graduation, Wayne enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving his country during the Vietnam War. He served aboard the USS Bennington C.V.S 20, earning the rank of Petty Officer Third Class, having the honor and privilege of serving with Bob Hope and Henry Fonda, prior to his honorable discharge in September of 1968. Upon his return home from the Navy, Wayne settled in Brookline and began taking courses at Boston State College, earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Following his graduation, Wayne took a position with the Town of Brookline, working as a water inspector.
Mass Installation, Inc. (MII), got its start in 1982 on Stone Street. As the company grew, Wayne Travis found an office at 916 Pleasant St. Norwood, which he outfitted in 1987 and is the oldest Water-meter installation firm in the country. As a dedicated CEO, Wayne maintained memberships in the American Water Works Association, New England Water Works Association, Massachusetts Water Works Association, Plymouth Country Water Works Association, Rural Water Association, Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Walpole Chamber of Commerce. MII carries on the legacy of Wayne Travis by fostering the company’s profile of excellence, distinction and prominence.
Ann C. Travis (1952-2022)
Born in Lyon INN in Boston, Massachusetts on February 20, 1952, Ann C. Travis was the daughter of the late Leo F. and Frances C. (Hart) Tetreault. She spent much of her childhood on Clark Avenue in Walpole, before her family moved to Pilgrim Way in East Walpole. Ann graduated from Walpole High School with the Class of 1970 and continued her education at Berdette and Fisher Junior College. Following her schooling, Ann took a position with Metal Bellows in Walpole and later began work at Dr. James Patton office with Norwood Eye Care Specialist.
Ann married her beloved husband, Wayne A. Travis, on October 23, 1976, at Mosley’s on the Charles in Dedham. They initially made their home together on Georgia Drive in Walpole, where many of pool parties were had. Ann quickly went to work alongside Wayne at his company, Mass Installation, Inc. In 1987, Ann and Wayne settled in Norfolk, Massachusetts, where they raised their two sons, Mark and Michael. As her boys grew up, Ann returned to her education, first taking courses at Dean College to earn her associates degree and later graduating Summa Cum Laude from Suffolk University, earning both her bachelors and masters degrees. Ann continued her career with MII, taking the position of vice president and co-owner. After Wayne’s passing in 2020, Ann continued working alongside her sons, ensuring the company’s legacy would continue for years to come, until her untimely passing on August 7, 2022.
“Employees displayed much incentive to get the job done right and on time. When problems did arise they stepped right in to minimize any water damage and correct the problem to the customers satisfaction. When they had completed their day’s work assignments, if time allowed, they would go “door knocking” to get more installations done in a day rather than quitting early.
As a superintendent of the Sprague Water and Sewer Authority, it was a refreshing experience to work with two individuals who weren’t afraid to do a day’s work plus!”
“In these times when quality job performance is not the usual experience, we are pleased to express our gratitude for a job well-done by your employees.
The installers assigned to the Norwich water meter project are to be commended for their efficient, courteous attention in carrying out the project.
The work was accomplished smoothly with a minimum inconvenience to the residents and where there was any difficulty with a particular installation the men were most cooperative in working out the problem.”
“Mass Installation was, and is, the right choice to do your meter/amr installation if you value your relationship with your customers. They had great project managers, office staff and, most importantly, installers on the ground here in Wooster. Rarely did I have to get involved with a customer concern or question. Their staff was professional and friendly at every stem of customer contact: scheduling, installation, and any necessary follow-up…… Mass Installation went out of their way to ease the burden on our office by probiding assistance in every way possible. They made my mission theirs.”
“Bid quantities for the large meter work are 100% complete however, because of the quality of their work, Mass Installation has received numerous extra work orders under this final contract that has significantly expanded the extent of the work done from the original bid. These additions includes not only a significant amount of large meter work, but also includes a pilot program for inbound phone reading of selected meters. Their services continue to be retained not only to continue large meter work under the final phases of this downsizing and changeout, but also to assist the City in day to day maintenace of small meters. Employees of the company are not only knowledgeable in their field, but have been polite and courteous in all their dealings with both City personnel and residents. I would not hesitate to recommend this company for any meter work.”
“Your company was able to perform these installation with minimal impact on the Water Department and the residents of Westfield. The meter installers working on this job proved to be highly qualified, motivated and professional in their work and were able, working with out “clerk of the works”, to resolve field problems quickly.”
“Please be advised that Mass Installation, Inc. of Norwood, Massachusetts has just completed a Fixed Network system and installed 8412 water meters equipped with AMR devices. Since the company is located in Norwood, it would be expected that they would do a good job. Not only did they do just that, but they did a superb job.
Our staff and I met almost weekly for nearly a year with their staff to keep this $2,000,000 project on track. During that time, there was not a single complaint from a customer about their installers who were professional from beginning to end. Wayne Travis, and his scheduling staff, who kept track of all that was going on, and his Project Manager, Brian Boudreau, were all excellent to work with. I would recommend Mass Installation to any community that wanted to engage in the installation of a large number of water meters or who wanted larger meters “right-sized” for more accurate flow measurements.”
MII is proud to have worked with the following municipalities:
Ayer, Bedford, Beverly, Billerica, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Cambridge, Clinton, Everett, Haverhill, Holliston, Hyannis, Lawrence, Marietta, OH, Medford, Norfolk, Norwood, Plainsville, Providence, RI, Putnam, Ct, Randolph, Revere, Rockport, Seekonk, Sharon, Shirley, Somerville, Stoughton, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Westfield, Westport, Weymouth, Whiteplains, NY, Whitman, Woburn, Worcester, Wrentham
MII is proud to have worked with the following private entities:
Siemens, Exxon Mobil, Constellation Energy, Whole Foods, Shaws, Stop and Shop, Solutia, Market Basket, BNY Mellon, Covanta, Corcoran Property, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Dean College, Whittier Tech, Bryant College, Bridgewater State University, Cedar’s Foods, New Balance, Northern Essex Community College, Rockport Marriott, Best Western, Milford Power Plant, Cumberland Farms, Broughtons Dairy, Baril Corp, Ocean Spray Thermofisher, Axcelis Technologies