"Why are you sawing thin wooden boards?" That is what four young carpenters asked a ‘Yachin’ company representative who ordered such a strange order. They suggested he set up a factory dedicated to producing citrus packing crates - & so began Haargaz. With the establishment of the crate factory, in 1932, began a long-standing tradition of quality supply solution tailored to customer requirements.
Haargaz, means crate in Hebrew, began on a sunny afternoon on Thursday, August 18, 1932 from an idea of a crate company, having its first customer ‘Yachin’ assisting the carpenters to register the cooperative as common ownership of all its employees. The cornerstone of the first Haargaz factory was laid May 1933, in Tel Aviv, & already three months later machinery & crates started flowing in the factory.
Since citrus harvesting is seasonal the founders sought an employment solution for the rest of the year that could utilize their machinery, knowledge & gain a salary. With vision & diligence the cooperative members of Haargaz turned to what was then a wooden bus manufacturing plant, ‘Hamumche’, & recruited their employees to come create together a bus division at Haargaz. On 15 September 1933 Haargaz’s bus division, which later became Haargaz Transportation, began its operation & by May 1935 the division had its own factory.
Advancing with the years, in 1945 Haargaz became an official company partnering up with the labor unions, & so began a new era that led for the first time in the summer of 1947, for the first time since its inception heavy equipment, the first of its kind to come to the area was brought over from England & Belgium, & began operating leading to new practices saving money & time, & improved the quality of the plants. The big news to Haargaz those days were not only the new machines & practices, it was the very next day, 29th of November 1947, in Lake Sussex when the establishment of a Jewish state was decided upon– Israel.
Come the Israeli Independence war, summoned representatives from Haargaz were recruited to assist with protection efforts of the new state, & transformed the bus factory into a warlike enterprise of industrial items, manufacturing armored cars used by the army once independence was declared.
Over the years Haargaz sought after different & valuable projects that brought forth innovation & bravery to stick with their values & vision. In 1949 owners of Haargaz decided to take it upon themselves to produce jerry cans, military helmets & a variety of logistical equipment for the newly established IDF. Following these successes managers decided to start additional projects such as collaboration with "AMPA ", becoming exclusive import agent for Philco refrigerators from the United States. This collaboration led to the creation of Amcor, a refrigerators & electrical appliances factory.
In late 2000 Haargaz group of companies was acquired by Major General (res.) Shalom Hagai who since has been the Chairman of the group. Following the change in ownership, Haargaz Group has streamlined processes leading it to position the group & focus its activities in the fields of transportation, metal & packaging, mobile structures, storage systems, refrigeration, & display. The group today is a profitable, thriving & evolving, leading by example of innovation & industry practi