If you take the Middlebrook Road south from the crossroads adjacent to Village Hall for about half a mile, you will see a long low commercial building fronted by the name Hayward. You are looking at the home of the largest employer in our Village. Hayward is the leading global manufacturer of the residential and commercial equipment that allows our swimming pools to function such as pumps, filters, heaters, automatic cleaners and everything else necessary to keep them running cleanly and efficiently.
Hayward Pools Founding
The company founded, 1925, in Elizabeth, NJ by Irving Hayward, was acquired by Oscar Davis, the owner of a small machining company, in 1964. A major step forward was taken 30 years later with the purchase of the empty Gravely tractor plant in Clemmons. A period of tremendous expansion followed. Local employment now stands at 700 with a total worldwide of over 2000 employees.
The facility covers, under roof, over 650,000 square feet or the equivalent of about 12 football fields. A tour by the long-time plant manager, Don Alcorn, reveals a host of plastic injection and blow molding machines producing parts ranging from fractions of an ounce to 100 pounds in a range of multiple different resins and colors. Robots, eerily, do most of the heavy lifting and precision molding. Final assembly is achieved manually backed up by teams of engineers and designers. Pumps, for example, one of many products, ship out at the rate of up to 1500 per day. The whole facility runs like a well-orchestrated machine.
For personal reasons, the Davis family (Oscar is 92) recently decided to sell the company, but not without being satisfied that the Hayward tradition and legacy will be in excellent hands.
The employees, our Village and the owners of the estimated ten million pools around the world can rest easy, Hayward will be there and growing ever stronger.
Hayward is actively recruiting employees on the Hayward website at all levels and will soon be offering apprenticeships.