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Our founder, John Hesse Sr., was a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.  After graduation, he was trained in (then cutting-edge) radar technology by the United States Army, and served in World War II.  Upon discharge from the service, he moved to Olean, New York, where he got his start in the heat transfer industry as a Sales Engineer.  He built a solid reputation for himself as hardworking, ethical, intelligent salesman.  

John went out on his own in 1963 and founded Hesse Industrial Sales, Inc. in East Aurora, New York. 

In 1975, John decided that it was time to have full control over the manufacturing of his engineered products, so he established a manufacturing division called Aurora Industrial Machining.  He opened a manufacturing plant in Orchard Park, New York, where Aurora Industrial Machining still operates (with many additions and upgrades) today.

Hesse Industrial Sales, Inc. is now operated by John Hesse's grandchildren. 


From our humble beginnings as a start-up in a one-room office with a single employee, our family business has grown to include a diversified line of products in various industries throughout the United States. In 1972, we acquired VANEC Industrial Silencers and in 1984, Texas Manufacturing Company.  We now employ 120 people in 2 states at 4 different manufacturing plants.  We have a combined total of 160,000 square feet of manufacturing space, and our products can be found throughout the globe.