Hayes Manufacturing Company

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The Hayes Manufacturing Company Limited was a Vancouver-based Canadian manufacturer of heavy trucks known for their durability and a revolving bunk system, founded in 1920. Hayes built both highway and off road trucks, particularly for the logging industry.[1] On a smaller scale, Hayes also manufactured buses. Mack Trucks acquired a controlling stake in the company in 1969, and in 1971 Hayes Manufacturing was renamed Hayes Trucks.

History[edit]

Photo of Hayes-Anderson truck from 1933

The British Columbia company was established in 1920[2] by Douglas Hayes, a parts dealer, and partner W. Anderson from Quadra Island, and was originally the Hayes-Anderson Motor Company Ltd. It was renamed Hayes Manufacturing Company Ltd. in 1928,[2] when the company built a large factory on the False Creek flats in Vancouver. The company eventually had over 600 employees and three plants.

Along with trucks, Hayes manufactured buses, moving vans, tractors and trailers.[2] Its few bus models included the Hayes "Teardrop", a very steamlined design introduced in 1936. Several Teardrop buses were purchased by Pacific Stage Lines,[3] one of which has been preserved by the Transit Museum Society.

The truck hood ornament was a die-cast, chrome-plated, 5-pound bear or a bronze cast bear. The chrome bear was found on the clippers and the bronze was off the square nose logger with butterfly wings. There was also a small bear ornament on each door.[4]

Mack Trucks acquired a controlling share in Hayes Manufacturing in 1969. The company was renamed Hayes Trucks in 1971.[5] In 1975, Mack sold the company to Kenworth Paccar, who closed the Hayes plants.

Other Hayes logging operations[edit]

In addition to operating the truck company, the founder's son, Donald Hayes, continued and expanded family logging operations, establishing Hayes Forest Services Limited in 1956. In 2006, Donald P. Hayes, President, and grandson of the founder, proudly accepted the award for being one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies - Public or Private.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Rick Crosby (March 2001). "Contractor profile". forestnet.com. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  2. ^ a b c Holtzman, Stan (1995). American Semi Trucks. Osceola, Wisconsin: Motor Books International. p. 46. ISBN 978-1610605731. 
  3. ^ Kelly, Brian; Francis, Daniel (1990). Transit in British Columbia: The First Hundred Years. Madeira Park (BC), Canada: Harbour Publishing. pp. 119–121. ISBN 1-55017-021-X. 
  4. ^ "Hayes Truck coveted chrome bear hood ornament org mould". ebay.com. Retrieved 2008-02-10. [dead link]
  5. ^ The Financial Post Survey of Industrials, Vol. 47. Maclean-Hunter. 1973. p. 159. ISBN 9780888961068. 
  6. ^ "Hayes now one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies - Public or Private" (pdf). hayes.bc.ca. February 7, 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 

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