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The Hayes Manufacturing Company Limited, a Vancouver-based manufacturer

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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. On a smaller scale, Hayes also manufactured buses. Mack Trucks acquired a controlling stake in the company in 1969, and in 1971 renamed it Hayes Trucks. In 1975, Mack sold the company toKenworth Paccar, which closed the Hayes plants.


History

The British Columbia company was established in 1920 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,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. Its few bus models included the Hayes "Teardrop", a very steamlined design introduced in 1936. Several Teardrop buses were purchased by Pacific Stage Lines, 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.

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

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