Popular Post kscarbel Posted June 26, 2013 Popular Post Share Posted June 26, 2013 In 1969, Mack Trucks purchased a sixty percent stake in Vancouver, British Columbia-based Canadian truckmaker Hayes Manufacturing. Founded in 1922 as Hayes-Anderson Motor Co.Ltd. and renamed Hayes Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in 1928, Hayes was the oldest and largest Canadian manufacturer of heavy trucks at the time of the Mack purchase. In 1971, the corporate name was changed to Hayes Trucks, Ltd. and the Clipper 100 COE was introduced. Hayes had produced on-highway and fire trucks, rail cars and off-highway trucks for the logging industry including the HDX and W-HDX (http://www.bigmacktrucks.com/index.php?/topic/30466-when-mack-roamed-europe-the-middle-east-africa-and-western-asia/page-2). After joining Mack Trucks in 1967, Jack Curcio was appointed by Zenon Hansen as president and managing director of Hayes. Under Curcio, Hayes production rose from 50 units to 500 the first year, and had annual sales of US$20 million by 1973. Employee numbers rose from 80 to almost 500. Under Mack Trucks, Hayes was given a considerable degree of autonomy. Upon request, technology was provided as in the case of the F-model cab for the Clipper 100 COE. Mack Trucks allowed Hayes to broaden its product range, grow its sales network across Canada and establish Hayes dealers in the Western United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), and world markets Commenting on Hayes’ expansion, President Jack Curcio said the plant expansion and new truck production line reduced the vulnerability of the company which was dependent primarily on one industry and one marketing area, logging in B.C. and Alberta. Curcio’s key objectives for Hayes were: Maintain a leadership position in custom-built heavy-duty logging truck and oil field rig segments in British Columbia and Alberta. Enlarge the distributor organization across Canada to provide a more diversified market base for existing Hayes products. Establish of a strong distributor organization in the Western United States. Create a worldwide distribution network for Hayes trucks. Develop a more competitive and diverse line-up of on-highway heavy trucks. The Hayes Clipper 100 COE, one result of Curcio's expansion strategy, began rolling off the assembly line in January 1971. The new production line for Hayes heavy trucks was formally inaugurated on February 16, 1971 and attended by Canada’s Federal Minister of Labor Bryce Mackasey and Zenon C.R. Hansen, Chairman of the Board and President of Mack Trucks, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Hayes Manufacturing Company. Mackasey complimented Hayes on the emphasis it puts on people and that they "let people identify with what's happening in the company." He said the association of Mack Trucks with Hayes was an ideal type of arrangement where the U.S. contributed the capital and technology, while there was no lessening of Canadian content Zenon C.R. Hansen said "the establishment of the (new) Hayes production line and the progress made by Hayes makes us proud that we have allowed you to continue to be Hayes, as you were. Hayes is a Canadian organization, and will carry on as a Canadian company." Hayes received its largest single order in 1971 for twenty-six identical 100-ton logging trucks and fifty 100-ton pup trailers, all to operate over the rugged terrain in the Kemano area of Northwest British Columbia hauling approximately 200 tons of logs per trip. Hayes also produced a complete line of logging trailers from 20 tons up to 60 tons. Assisting Curcio in the company’s expansion were British Columbia natives: George Gray, vice president - sales Tom Everett, vice president – operations Brian Watts, controller-secretary treasurer Frank Dean, manager of engineering & product development Kyle Gardiner, chief engineer Hayes planned to make Vancouver "The Truck Capital of Canada" In 1974, Mack Trucks sold Hayes to the Gearmatic Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Paccar, ahead of a worldwide recession. Hayes had been a principle competitor of the Canadian Kenworth Company (a subsidiary of Paccar of Canada Ltd.). During the short period that Paccar operated Hayes, the Clipper COE utilized the Peterbilt 352 “Pacemaker” cab. With the recession certainly being a factor, Paccar closed Hayes on September 30, 1975. . 2 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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