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J. Marx Ayres, T. George Hayakawa

Active 1960-1970

Firm Notes

In 1959, L. Marx Ayres located a one-story office space at 1180 South Beverly Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90035, formerly occupied by Stanley Huer, a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning contractor. Beginning in 1959, the electrical engineering firm, Frumhoff and Cohen, shared office space at the South Beverly Drive building, with Ayres and Hayakawa (A&H) occupying the west half. For about one year, 1959-1960, Ayres worked in his own firm with first employee George Wightman, a mechanical engineer, and two draftsmen. (See J. Marx Ayres, Red Diaper Baby Mid-Life Transitions, An Autobiography of J. Marx Ayres Volume II: 1946-2011, [Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing, 2012], p. 98-99.)

In 1960, Ayres formed a partnership with T. George Hayakawa, an HVAC engineer, to form Ayres and Hayakawa, a mechanical engineering firm focusing on HVAC work. The firm was renamed "Ayres, Cohen and Hayakawa, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, after a1970 merger with Frumhoff and Cohen, and the work broadened to include electrical engineering projects.

By 1977, the firm was again known as "Ayres and Hayakawa." Following the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973 and subsequent energy crisis of the 1970s, A & H focused on energy management systems.

PCAD id: 3039