Founders Ed Catalano, Walter Davies and Emmett Wrenn
East Bay Times, 1981

The LAST Factory was founded in 1979 in Livermore California by three scientists interested in preserving their own record collections. First they set out to research the underlying causes of vinyl record wear. Based on their research, they invented a preservative that actually prevents record damage. Even after hundreds of plays, their vinyl records sounded brand new. They named this ground-breaking product LAST Record Preservative (Liquid Archival Sound Treatment), which continues to receive wide acclaim in the audio industry today.

Our story continued with careful attention to our vision of research-based products. The LAST product family has grown to include products designed to increase the life of all kinds of audio and video media, from reel-to-reel tapes to CDs and DVDs. LAST formulas help individuals, institutions, and the recording and broadcast industries to save and protect their vast libraries of recorded information.

The Last Factory sale in 2019

Last Factory sells to Jeff Kaskey in 2019After 40 years of managing The LAST Factory, Walter Davies wanted a lighter schedule in his life. He wanted to devote more time to his photography hobby while still staying involved with the company. Enter Jeffrey Kaskey, a long-time friend and audio enthusiast, looking for a new adventure. Jeff saw that the renewed interest in vinyl records provided an opportunity to regrow The LAST Factory. Together they fashioned a sale that acted as a partnership. Walter remained with the company as a scientific advisor, offering advice and insight.

Our company headquarters and factory are still located in Livermore, California. From here we distribute to fine audio and record dealers around the world. View a map of our dealers on our Store Locator page.

In Memorium: Walter Davies 1937 – 2020

Walter E. Davies, In MemoriumFriends, Loyal Customers, Curious Passersby, it is with a heavy heart that I must report the passing of Walter Davies, the remaining founder of The LAST Factory. Walter dedicated over 40 years, on top of more years with his own audio store, to create this resource. While many of you know of the unique, research-based hands-on company that his perseverance created, a few of you also know just what an amazing, talented, friendly gentleman he was. One of those rare people who was passionate without being angry, loyal without being biased, expert without being overbearing. He was kind in all things and accomplished at many. Each of us wears many hats in a day and more in a life. Walter excelled at the full range from husband and father to artist and scientist, dedicated to, supportive of and supported by his wonderful wife Nan and blessed by his children Bryn and Wally.

I first met Walter through his work as a large format photographer and as a patron of the local theater. Though not his usual instrument, in a unique symphonic performance I recall him playing his assigned instrument with all dedication and seriousness, even though it was a vacuum cleaner. The two flutes carved into the front door of their home were a tribute to his and Nan’s more serious musical interests.

The LAST Factory will carry on because of the careful foundation he laid. But still each day we wish for a moment of Walter’s insight, his encyclopedic industry knowledge, or his friendly counsel. We will all miss him terribly.

-Jeff, Christine, and Moe

Obituary for Walter Davies