I thought it to be very timely to be sitting down to write articles about hangar doors and to have the Construction Magazine Network email me with an advertisement for Hydroswing® Hydraulic Doors.
Having never dealt with Hydroswing®, I began my research by checking out their website (https://hydroswing-hydraulic-doors.com/). I have to admit, I am a sucker for a nicely done website and Hydroswing’s certainly gives what they taught us in architecture school, “Presentation is everything”.
I might also read too much between the lines. A couple of statements on the Hydroswing® website gave me pause to wonder.
“Hydroswing® outgrew its original location for manufacture in Cottonwood, MN. As fuel prices, steel prices and distance to emerging markets around the world opened up, the value from this remote location could not be delivered effectively as volume increased, Since a major reorganization and redevelopment of the product in 2010, the fabrication model, design and marketing of the Hydroswing® door has found its way to effective worldwide delivery and cost efficiency.”
“After a difficult period of reorganization, Hydroswing® has continued outside of the USA to develop and define the product.”
Time for further research…..
And the first thing I found made my skin crawl, read for yourself in this article by Eric Posz in the Redwood Falls Gazette: https://www.redwoodfallsgazette.com/article/20110412/NEWS/304129974
Next up was written by Deb Gau in the Marshall Independent: https://www.marshallindependent.com/page/content.detail/id/527100/Deadline-soon-in-Hydroswing-bankruptcy-petition.html?nav=5015
Online forums such as AgTalk, became a venting forum for consumers who had some challenges with Hydroswing®: https://talk.newagtalk.com/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=198626&DisplayType=nested
A December 2013 article in General Aviation News (https://generalaviationnews.com/2013/12/18/hydroswing-back-in-business/) reports “Hydroswing back in business”.
Certainly there are many companies which go through bankruptcy leaving a sour taste in the mouths of the creditors who were not paid and/or customers who did not receive product paid for, but received no or only portions of the product ordered, yet emerge making (in some cases obscene) profits post-bankruptcy (think General Motors).
In the case of Hyrdoswing®, I feel the best I can offer is to report what I have found, and let the informed consumer make their own best determination as to if a Hydroswing® Hydraulic Door will meet their personal needs and willingness to perhaps take a risk.