Source: Hayes Performance Systems announcement

MEQUON, Wisc. ─ Hayes Performance Systems, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative brakes and braking controls systems, is celebrating 75 years of braking innovation. A multi-national business with high-caliber operations in North America, Europe and Asia, Hayes is recognized as a global braking, steering and suspension systems supplier with core competencies of integrating components and technologies into systems.

Founded by Harold S. Hollnagel, Sr. in 1946, Hayes began in a Milwaukee garage as HH Products, a Milwaukee manufacturer of parts for outboard motors. The company soon morphed into an agricultural and small-engine components parts supply company. It was not until the 1950s that brakes entered the picture when the first brake caliper was designed for a go-kart. By 1958, Hayes was manufacturing disc brakes exclusively. Harold mantra was “To manufacture a quality part at a fair price.”

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Since those humble beginnings, Hayes has continued to bring innovative and quality products to the heavy equipment, government, powersports, turf, and bicycle industries.

“The evolution of Hayes Performance Systems throughout 75 years has been remarkable,” Hayes Performance Systems President and CEO Philip Malliet shared. “We are proud to be a leader in ingenuity, technology and engineering all thanks to a dedicated group of high-performing employees. This is an exciting time for Hayes Performance Systems as we continue to forge new paths in our markets.”

To learn more about the history of Hayes Performance Systems and to explore their interactive timeline, visit www.hayesperformance.com/history.. 

About Hayes Performance Systems: 

Comprised of 500+ dedicated team members, Hayes Performance Systems is a premier manufacturer of brakes, suspension systems, wheels, and components for the powersport, mountain/road bike, motorcycle, turf care, agriculture, construction, and government markets.