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About Hayward Lumber

No Business Can Succeed Without Its Customers

Hayward recognizes that its customers, those with whom the company does business, are the reason for its long history of success, since 1919. We strive daily to be the most dependable supplier of products, services and solutions. We believe that by being the most dependable supplier, customers can focus less on problems and more on what they love to do…build. Our logo, Hayward – So You Can Build is the statement of this commitment. OTAP (On Time As Promised) is how we measure ourselves. Continuing to earn our customers’ business is how we know if it is on the right path…So You Can Build.

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Hayward has been focused on growth since I took over as CEO. We have grown from a company selling mostly lumber to a company selling lumber, doors, windows, cabinets, trusses, engineered wood, foundation, and green building materials. We intend to be your one-stop shop for these product categories… So You Can Build.

Hayward has also been committed to bringing our customers the latest ideas in building and building science, from the innovative pre-cut Fast Floor system which saves builders time and money, to Hayward Healthy Home, which focuses on the principles and products necessary to build a home with its occupants health needs in mind,  Hayward wants to make sure that its customers survive and thrive by understanding how to minimize their liability by changing the way they build and how they conduct their business.

I would like to say, “thank you” to each customer and potential customer who has visited the Hayward Web site. I hope you found the answers to your questions, if not, please contact us at 831-643-1900.


Hayward will be the most dependable supplier of products, services and solutions to the construction market, as it has been since 1919.


We believe people are the way by which we will become our customer’s most dependable supplier. We want people who can make a mark! We only employ people we can count on and who our customers can depend on.

We believe our customers want relationships with great people who deliver dependable solutions to their evolving needs.

We believe the right people, given the right resources, and freedom will achieve greatness.


  • Achieve excellence in everything we do and do it right the first time.
  • Thrive on teamwork, trust, professionalism and responsibility.
  • Embrace old-fashioned values: a square deal and a handshake.
  • Balance sustainability, people,  the planet and profits in engineering our success.

Hayward Environmental Conservation Policy

Conservation Statement

We recognize the opportunity, accept the responsibility and will lead the journey to environmental stewardship. Leading is exactly what we have been doing.

In 1999, we were the first lumber company in the country to offer FSC certified wood products to builders. Next, we sought out less toxic building materials for our customers followed by offering high performance ventilation systems to ensure all homes are filled with healthy, fresh air. Today we are the leader in enabling builders to build healthier homes using the four Hayward Healthy Home Principles.

Finally, to help people across America to understand the health impacts of their home we launched HaywardScore.com. We have now enabled over 23,000 people to improve the health of their homes.

Helping our Communities

Hayward is committed to giving back within its communities where we live and work.  Our goal is to provide manpower, materials, and enthusiasm to those in need.  Whether it is raising money for breast cancer through the American Cancer Society or raising walls at a local Habitat for Humanity build, giving back to our community is one of the ways we measure success.

Below are some of the charities we proudly support through our monthly “Giving Back” program in which our employees participate in the selection process:

  • National Leukemia/Lymphoma Society
  • Local Schools and Hospitals
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • Financial AID Angels
  • Changing Face, Inc.
  • Boy and Girl Scouts of America
  • Toys 4 Tots
  • Race against Global Warming

History and Philosophy

Great-grandfather Homer T. Hayward spent 34 years as a partner in the Hayward Lumber and Investment Co. in Los Angeles before tiring of Southern California. After selling his interest in the business, he and his wife Maude moved north. They fell in love with the Central Coast and bought the Porter Lumber Company in Salinas on September 19, 1919. They changed its name to the Homer T. Hayward Lumber Company, and Homer served as its president from 1919 to 1928.  The original Hayward lumberyard was located at the corner of Monterey and East Alisal Streets.

Hayward Lumber has been at its current Salinas location on Front Street since 1928. Starting in 1920, Homer T. Hayward began expanding, adding stores in Atascadero (closed in 1937), Watsonville, Santa Cruz, Pacific Grove, and Hollister over the next five years. Of these stores, only the Salinas and the Pacific Grove locations remain open today.

Homer T. Hayward was born in Flora, Illinois. He and Maude had two children, Arthur C. Hayward, and Catherine Griffen. Before his death in 1946, Homer T. Hayward did many things that benefitted the Salinas community, in part through the Salinas Rotary, of which he was a founding member in 1930. Maude outlived Homer, passing away in 1958.

In 1928, Arthur C. Hayward became president of the Homer T. Hayward Lumber Company, and he continued in this role until 1946.  Arthur succeeded in keeping the business operating and thriving through the Great Depression and World War II. Arthur C. Hayward also helped found the Salinas Golf and Country Club.  He became ill during World War II, and he died a week after his son Homer M. Hayward returned from military service, four months before Homer T. Hayward died.

Homer M. Hayward, at 24, returned from the war and had to take charge of the Hayward Lumber Company business operations, at a time when the company was prospering. Additionally, he had to support his extended family: his sister Marguerite, his mother Nellie, and his grandmother Maude.

Hayward Lumber Company expanded rapidly in the post-World War II boom. The company added stores in Cambria, Morro Bay, Seaside, Carmel and San Luis Obispo. Homer M. Hayward led Hayward Lumber Company for 47 years, until 1993, when he became ill and was forced to retire.  During his long tenure, many of the stores opened after World War II had to be closed, including Cambria, Seaside and Carmel. He also closed the Watsonville store, opened in Homer T. Hayward’s era.

Homer M. Hayward also engineered the acquisition of San Luis Mill and Lumber in 1986. He was one of the original organizers and the first president of the Corral de Tierra Country Club and the president of the California Rodeo in Salinas for a number of years.

In 1993, William E. (Bill) Hayward became chairman, president and chief executive officer of Hayward lumber at 36 years old.  He continues as president, chief executive officer, and chief sustainability officer today.  He has continued to restructure the organization through several recessions, closing the Hollister and Morro Bay stores in the 1990s.  He negotiated the acquisition of County Lumber in Santa Barbara and T& H Lumber in Redwood City.  He opened a new lumberyard in Santa Maria in the 1990s, and then he closed the Santa Cruz and Paso Roble stores between 2000 and 2010, and he took the steps necessary in 2008-2011 to ensure the survival of the business.

Bill has been the visionary leader who pioneered the development of a division devoted entirely to environmentally sensitive “green” building materials in the late 1990s, a strategy which survives today as the Envirosmart brand.  He has successfully added window and door design centers and a roof truss manufacturing facility to Hayward’s product mix, changing the company’s brand from Hayward Lumber to Hayward to better reflect its multiple business lines.

Hayward and its associated companies have been supplying a full line of quality building materials since 1919. Hayward Corporation, a fourth-generation family-owned operation, is now based in Monterey and includes seven lumberyards from San Francisco Bay Area to Santa Barbara as well as six Design Centers, and a truss manufacturing facility (Hayward Building Systems in Guadalupe).


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