Back in the early 2000s, Hayward Turnstiles was founded in an extra storage room at our founders’ high-precision machine shop in Milford, Connecticut. Much like Bill Gates in his garage, our founders Rick and Ron looked at their storage space not simply as an extra room, but as the potential for a successful business. Though the first couple of years were tough, Rick and Ron persevered, hoping that one day they would be able to provide reliable, industry-leading access control products worldwide. So they got to work.
The two brothers carefully designed each of their turnstile and gate protypes using components from their AS9100 machine shop. They figured that if their machines were precise enough to build parts for jet engines and helicopters, then they would produce some of the most reliable and meticulously designed access control turnstiles and gates on the market.
After numerous prototypes and thousands of tests, Rick and Ron were finally satisfied with their first product offerings. It was now time for them to carve out their niche in the industry.