There is always a point when a driven individual looks at his/her situation, pauses, and says: “I can do that.” For one 30 year-old electrical engineer, that moment came about in 1989.
Zach Halopoff’s youth was spent modifying motorcycles and building go-carts in his garage. When he wasn’t breaking bones or mending spokes, he was working in the tool and die department of his father’s manufacturing company. These experiences gave him valuable insight into what it would take to one day run his own manufacturing business .
Zach graduated from UCLA in 1984 with a BS in electrical engineering. Immediately following college (and for some time during), Zach went to work for Hughes Space & Communications. It was here that he was exposed to the intricacies of machined parts for microwave electronics and communication satellites.
He left Hughes in 1985 for To-Vel Industries, a Hughes supplier. To-Vel allowed him to experience first-hand how a job-shop business was run. For three years, Zach helped run To-Vel before he decided to start NewAgeTechnologies. NAT was created in order to provide independent contracting as a CNC programmer for To-Vel and other local job shops.
However, after two years of supporting other shops, Zach decided he wanted more. His involvement at To-Vel gave him the knowledge necessary to produce quality components, and the lessons he learned at NAT taught him the necessary steps to follow in order to start a business. In August of 1989, Halo Industries was born as a one-man operation.
Halo expanded over the next few years, acquiring new employees, new machinery, and new clients. In 1995, Halo was incorporated. In 2005, roughly 15 years after its origin, Halo moved from its original location (6400 square feet) to its current one (15000 square feet). This gave Halo the room necessary for expansion, and allowed it to transition from a small yield, prototype job-shop to a dual purpose manufacturer capable of large-scale production jobs.
The future is bright for the Halo organization. With any luck—and plenty of hard work—the next two decades will be as good to Halo Industries as the last two.