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Hall Spars & Rigging is a privately held company. Principals of the company (which encompasses all facilities) are Eric Hall, President; Ben Hall, Vice President; and Phil Garland, Vice President. Additionally, Managing Directors Andre Vermeulen and Jos van den Heuvel are shareholders in the Holland operation, and Managing Directors Garry Hassall and Murray Jones are shareholders in New Zealand.

Below is a brief chronological history of Hall Spars & Rigging:

  • June 9, 1980: Hall Spars and Hall Rigging are founded by Eric Hall and Phil Garland in Bristol, RI, USA.
  • 1984: Ben Hall joins the company as Vice President.
  • 1988: Hall breaks ground on their first state-of-the-art facility at 17 Peckham Drive, Bristol.
  • 1989: Hall's Advanced Composites Division opens, ahead of their 10-year anniversary. A "clean room" and 50-foot curing oven are added to the factory, and a change is made from wet lay-up to oven-cured pre-preg composite manufacturing.
  • 1992: Hall becomes the first spar maker to use an aerospace-quality 20m autoclave in the curing of carbon parts in its own facility.
  • 1994: Hall is building carbon spars for production boats, including the J/120 and J/130.
  • 1998: The Hall companies have outgrown the facility at 17 Peckham Drive. A building across the street is purchased and Hall Rigging moves into a 10,000-square-foot shop.
  • 2000: The decision is made to unite the Hall companies under one brand. Hall Spars, Hall Rigging and Hall Engineering come together under the grey and red logo of Hall Spars & Rigging.
  • March 2001: The European operation (Hall BV) is acquired.
  • August 2001: The European factory is completed.
  • December 2001: Hall launches its online store featuring rigging products for J/Boats and other one-designs.
  • 2002: Hall builds its longest mast to date, the 182-foot spar for Baltic 147 Visione, exceeding the length of the building by 10 feet.
  • May 2002: Hall BV's 40-meter autoclave is installed.
  • March 2003: Alinghi, equipped with Hall spars (mast, boom, reaching strut, spinnaker pole) wins the America’s Cup.
  • May 2004: Hall US breaks ground on a new, state-of-the-art facility on Broadcommon Road in Bristol, RI, expanding on efficiency and design capabilities.
  • October 2004: The 46-meter autoclave is installed in the new US factory.
  • December 2004: The US team moves in to 33 Broadcommon Road.
  • June 2005: Hall celebrates the 25th Anniversary of its founding.
  • 2005: Hall delivers its first mast for the Volvo Round the World Ocean Race to Paul Cayard and his Disney-sponsored team Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • 2005: Hall begins construction of masts for four America’s Cup teams preparing for the races in 2007: Alinghi, Luna Rossa, Mascalzone Latino, and Victory Challenge.
  • 2006: Hall wins the contract to produce carbon spars for the Beneteau First 34.7. A second building is added in Holland to accommodate the production.
  • 2006: Hall eclipses the “longest mast” mark set in 2002 with the delivery of the 188-foot carbon spar built for the Wally 143 Esense.
  • June 2007: Alinghi wins a second America’s Cup equipped with Hall spars (mast, boom, reaching strut, spinnaker pole).
  • December 2007: Hall acquires the factory in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 2008: The Holland operation breaks ground for a new 5500 M² facility across the street from its current location.
  • April 2008: Hall's US factory begins an addition to its second building in order to accommodate confidential projects.
  • June 2008: Hall delivers the 165-foot carbon mast to the BMW/Oracle Challenge's 90-foot trimaran.
  • August 2008: Hall again eclipses the longest mast mark, delivering the 192-foot mast to the Wally 148 Saudade.
  • September 2008: The Hall-rigged TP52 Quantum Racing wins the overall Med Cup series title.
  • 2009: Hall BV in Holland is bursting at the seams, and ground is broken for a new purpose-built superyacht mast facility. In the process, the autoclave is lengthened to 46 meters, equaling the size of the autoclave in the US factory.
  • November 2009: Hall SCR wins the DAME Innovation Award, introducing Seamless Carbon Rigging with an airfoil shape.
  • 2010: BMW Oracle wins the America's Cup with a Hall component wing mast; a perfect milestone to mark Hall's 30th Anniversary.
  • November 2011: Hall is chosen to fabricate the ultra-light structure of a Human Powered Aircraft for the Projet Pégase team at the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
  • 2012: The tallest carbon mast built in the US, at 221 feet, is delivered to Wally 50m Better Place.
  • 2012: Hall delivers its first hydro-kinetic turbine and carbon satellite dish.
  • 2013: Due to Hall's technology and experience, Hall Composites, a division of Hall, Inc., is created to meet demand for non-marine composite applications.
  • Today: Hall continues a tradition of innovation in spars, rigging and composite products.

HALL LOCATIONS

Hall US
33 Broadcommon Road, Bristol, RI 02809 USA
+1 401 253 4858 // info@hallspars.com
Hall BV
Deltahoek 42, 4511 PA Breskens, Holland
+31 117 381397 // infobv@hallspars.com
Hall NZ
100 Foundry Road
Silverdale 0932 Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9 427 5472 // infonz@hallspars.com

 

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