List of companies based in Hayward, California
This is a list of companies based in Hayward, California, current and former companies operating in, or based in, Hayward, California. Significant local divisions of national and international companies are included, as are local businesses. Some former companies have closed, while some have been acquired by other companies. Other economically or culturally important institutions, such as shopping malls, colleges, and nonprofit organizations, are included.
Southland Mall is the largest shopping center in Hayward. It houses the anchor department stores Sears, Kohl's and Macy's, and other retailers. In addition to a Target store at the Skywest Commons mall, the city's major retailers include Home Depot and Office Depot. A Costco Business Center is located there.
Hayward has a large number of manufacturing businesses and corporate headquarters, including high-tech companies, and is considered part of a northern extension of Silicon Valley. (Companies manufacturing in Hayward are highlighted.)
- Alphabet Energy, cofounded in 2009 by Matthew L. Scullin and Peidong Yang, manufacturer of thermoelectric devices based on tetrahedrite
- The US headquarters for Japan based Andersen Bakery
- Annabelle Candy, makers of Abba-Zaba bars, moved to Hayward in 1965.
- Anthera Pharmaceuticals
- Seafood packager Azuma Foods International, a division of Azuma Foods, Mie, Japan, operates its U.S. headquarters and factory
- Berkeley Farms opened a state-of-the-art processing plant in Hayward in 1998.
- The US branch of Bianchi Bicycles, Bianchi USA
- Black Garlic, founded by Korean Scott Kim, the creator and exclusive distributor in the US for Black garlic.
- Role-playing game publisher Chaosium
- Christensen Controllers, makers of the Sonic Palette
- Columbus Salame opened a new $31 million processing facility in 2011, replacing their former facility in South San Francisco
- Wireless sensor network manufacturer Dust Networks
- Gillig Corporation, manufacturer of low floor transit buses
- Illumina operates a research and development center, formerly Solexa
- Headquarters and a 1.2 billion unit/year production facility of drug manufacturer Impax Laboratories
- Injex Industries (see 2010 top employers)
- Intarcia Therapeutics
- Japan's Kobe Steel operates a subsidiary, Kobe Precision
- Kosan Biosciences was founded in Hayward in 1995
- Manheim San Francisco Bay, a division of Manheim Auctions
- Marelich Mechanical, HVAC company, a subsidiary of Emcor.
- Mendel Biotechnology was founded in Hayward in 1997
- The Mountain Mike's Pizza restaurant chain headquarters
- Nakagawa Manufacturing USA, a division of Nakagawa Manufacturing, Saitama, Japan, operates a thermal paper facility
- PepsiCo operates its San Francisco Bay Production/Distribution Center
- Plastikon, a plastics manufacturer with locations worldwide, and the 10th largest employer in Hayward, is based there
- Primus Power, sustainable battery and energy storage company
- Recording King guitar and banjo designers
- Rocket Dog women's shoe designers
- Sakura Color Products of America, the US division of Sakura Color Products Corporation
- The headquarters of the Shasta soft drink company
- Simms' Custom Cycles, founded by legendary custom motorcycle builder Ron Simms
- Simple Wave, the creator of the Calibowl spill free bowl
- Sugar Bowl Bakery, founded in 1984 in San Francisco, facilities consolidated in Hayward from locations in Hayward and San Francisco
- Ultra Clean Technology has operated its headquarters, and one of its manufacturing plants, out of Hayward since 2008, having moved there from Palo Alto.
- All Pro Wrestling is a venue for wrestling matches.
- Buffalo Bill's Brewery is one of the first brewpubs in California since Prohibition.
- California State University, East Bay operates its main campus in Hayward.
- Chabot College, junior college
- Chapel of the Chimes cemetery and funeral home
- Green Shutter Hotel, historic building still operating as a residential hotel, in addition to retail businesses
- Hayward Daily Review, published by the Alameda Newspaper Group
- Kaiser Permanente operates the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, scheduled to close when the Medical Center in neighboring San Leandro is completed.
- The first La Piñata opened in Hayward in 1983, and is now a local chain of seven restaurants, which produces their own brand of tequila in Ameca, Jalisco, Mexico.
- St. Rose Hospital
- The Russell City Energy Center, a 429 megawatt natural gas fired power plant, went online in 2013.
- The Hayward Ace Hardware is owned by news reporter Jim Wieder, and is in an historic building, built in 1900, where boxer Max Baer once trained.
According to the city's 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city, representing 8.2% of total city employment, were:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|2||California State University, East Bay†||2,207|
|3||Hayward Unified School District†||2200|
|5||City of Hayward†||800|
|7||St. Rose Hospital†||700|
|This section requires expansion. (July 2014)|
According to the city's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city, representing 8% of total city employment, were:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|3||Hayward Unified School District†||1981|
|4||California State University, East Bay†||1500|
|5||St. Rose Hospital†||1065|
|6||City of Hayward†||812|
According to the city's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city that year, representing 7% of total city employment, were:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Hayward Unified School District†||2,500|
|2||California State University, East Bay†||1,447|
|4||City of Hayward†||845|
|5||St. Rose Hospital†||842|
|9||Bay Cities Auto Auction||500|
|12||Pepsi Beverages Company/Bottling Group||400|
|13||Alameda Newspaper Group||300|
According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city that year were:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Hayward Unified School District†||1,776|
|2||California State University, East Bay†||1,600|
|4||City of Hayward†||1,178|
|5||St. Rose Hospital†||842|
|9||Manheim Auctions (AKA Bay Cities Auto)||500|
|11||Alameda Newspaper Group||425|
|12||Pepsi Beverages Company||400|
† indicates employers wholly located or headquartered in Hayward
Hunt Brothers Cannery
The economy of Hayward in the first half of the twentieth century was based largely on the Hunt Brothers Cannery. The cannery was opened in Hayward in 1895 by brothers William and Joseph Hunt, who were fruit packers originally from Sebastopol, California. The Hunts initially packed local fruit, including cherries, peaches, and apricots, then added tomatoes, which became the mainstay of their business. At its height in the 1960s and 1970s, Hunt's operated three canneries in Hayward, at A, B, and C Streets; an adjacent can-making company; a pickling factory; and a glass manufacturing plant. From the 1890s until its closure in 1981, Hunt's employed a large percentage of the local population. The air around Hayward was permeated by the smell of tomatoes for three months of each year, during the canning season. The canneries closed in 1981, as there were no longer enough produce fields or fruit orchards near the cannery to make it economically viable. Much of the production was moved to the Sacramento Valley. The location of the former canneries is marked by a historic water tower with the Hayward logo. A housing development now occupies much of the former cannery site.
Other former businesses
Much of the Bay coastal territory of Hayward was turned into salt ponds, with Oliver Salt and Leslie Salt operating there. Much of this land has in recent years been returned to salt marshes. A 1983 image of the ponds appears on a 2012 US postage stamp.
- The Mervyns department store chain was headquartered in Hayward, until declaring bankruptcy in 2008.
- Etec Systems, Inc. operated in Hayward from 1970 until 2005, when it was closed by its parent company.
- AirLink Communications, a wireless service provider, operated in Hayward until its 2007 acquisition by Sierra Wireless.
- Osborne Computer Corporation operated a manufacturing facility in the 1980s.
- Former franchise computer retailer ComputerLand
- daisy wheel printer manufacturer Qume
- The Holiday Bowl bowling alley operated in south Hayward for 47 years, closing in 2005.
- The Valle Vista roller skating rink operated for 44 years in south Hayward, closing in 2003.
- TML Studios, a recording studio owned by Tesla band member Troy Luccketta, where albums by Loudness, among others, were recorded, operated in Hayward.
- Franklin Ophthalmic Instruments was based in Hayward.
- Banchero's, a large Italian restaurant, operated from 1948 to 2012.
- The Ball Corporation operated an aluminum can factory (formerly owned by Reynolds Metals) up until 1998.
- The Mack Truck Company manufactured trucks through the 1970s.
- Star Reach, comic book publisher from the 1970s, run by Mike Friedrich.
- MDL Information Systems, founded in 1978, acquired by Symyx Technologies in 2007
- Nellcor, founded in 1981, now a brand of pulse oximetry systems sold by Covidien
- The anarchist periodical Land and Liberty was published in Hayward from 1914 to 1915.
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