Stephen Grundon founded Grundon in 1929.
The family already had a successful horse bus business in London but, with the advent of the internal combustion engine, Stephen had made the decision to join this latest technological revolution.
So, in the summer of that year, he and his father arrived at Slough en route from Paddington on a critical errand.
To purchase their first petrol fuelled truck.
At that time, with the Great War only recently ended, there was no shortage of repatriated vehicles on the market. But the Grundons weren't looking for just any vehicle. They were looking for something very special.
The name Pierce-Arrow was once one of the most recognised and respected names in the automobile industry.
For 38 years, the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company in Buffalo, New York, produced some of the finest automobiles made.
At the time, Pierce-Arrows could be found anywhere the rich and powerful worked and played. For over 20 years, Pierce-Arrow supplied cars to the White House for the use of the President. They also sold cars to the royal families of Japan, Persia, Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Belgium. Scores of congressmen, ambassadors, governors, businessmen, and entertainers chose Pierce-Arrows for their transportation. Even today, among vintage car enthusiasts, Pierce-Arrow owners represent a special elite.
The manufacturer's reputation for producing reliable, top-performing commercial vehicles was equally impressive.
Eventually the two found what they were looking for. They agreed on the, then quite high, price of £150.
The cash was paid and Steve drove the lorry back to Paddington. Work was instantly started on fitting out the truck with hydraulic tipping gear. As soon as that was complete it went straight to work with Steve at the wheel.
The first task in this newly formed enterprise was moving excavated material to build Battersea Power Station.
Fuelled by the success of this beginning, the Grundons went on to help build the Marylebone Road and undertake many other waste removal jobs in London.
The heyday of the Pierce-Arrow may be over - but Grundon has kept pace with the times.
Today the company is one of the largest privately owned Waste Management and Mineral Extraction operators in Europe.
They still use only the highest quality vehicles to support the unparalleled service offered to customers.
Following in his father's tradition of innovation and enterprise Norman Grundon became Chairman in 1993.
Today his son Neil is also a Director of the Company.
So, in a nutshell, that's how Grundon has developed from a local aggregate supply business into a collective group with national and international interests in waste collection and disposal; incineration; recycling and recovery; aggregate extraction, processing and supply; technological solutions to industrial waste management problems; contract management; estate management; leisure and amenity services.