Essex Industries – 75 Years as an Aerospace & Defense Solutions Provider

Essex Industries announces its 75th Year Anniversary. After serving in England as a Private in World War II, Harold Guller founded Essex in 1947 recognizing the need to support the emerging aerospace jet-age with highly engineered products. Upon completing his college degree, Harold’s brother Sidney Guller joined the young company. The brothers grew the business out of their father’s St. Louis, MO basement and shaped Essex into a leading aerospace and defense products manufacturer that prioritized taking exceptional care of their customers and employees.

Essex products are on board nearly every US fighter, trainer, bomber, cargo aircraft, and various ground combat vehicle currently in operation worldwide. As a part of virtually every major military and commercial aerospace program since 1947, Essex supplies human-machine interface controls, including hands-on throttle and stick (HOTAS) grips, hands-on cyclic and collective, pedestal assemblies, control wheels, weapons system officer (WSO) hand controls, and cockpit control panels for fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and land combat vehicles. Also, thousands of Essex’s precision manufactured aircraft components and sub-assemblies are part of fuel, hydraulic, pneumatic, and oxygen systems.

Essex entered the cryogenics market in 1963 with designs and the capability to manufacture liquid oxygen (LOX) converters, a highly efficient oxygen storage and delivery method. Initially used by aircraft pilots and crew, this technology has readily transferred to air and ground-based medical life support equipment for both military and commercial applications.

In 1991, Essex acquired the Portable Breathing and Rescue Products Division from The DuPont® Corporation, which became the foundation for the company’s Emergency Breathing Equipment line of business. Essex is proud to serve its military and commercial aviation customers around the world with these critical safety products.

Currently, Essex reaches from coast to coast, with 400 employees in its five locations in St. Louis, MO, Huntington Beach, CA, and Milford, CT. The business remains family-owned and operated. Third-generation CEO, Evan Waldman, who now leads the company, is excited about the future and the company’s continued growth. “Essex’s 75th anniversary is a testament to so many talented and committed people that have worked in this business over the years,” Waldman said. “It is also a call to action for the incredible team working at Essex today to write the next chapter in the Essex story.”

“Whether the Essex team is designing and qualifying our own products to meet customer specifications or collaborating with our customers to bring their product designs to life, we are energized for the future and filled with purpose.”

Essex sells its medical gas regulator product line, keeping focus on Aerospace & Defense

Control Devices, a portfolio company of HBM Holdings, announced it has acquired the medical gas regulator product line of Essex Industries January 31, 2022. Control Devices, founded in 1963, is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered flow-control products utilized in niche applications across a diverse array of end markets.

The acquisition expands Control Devices’ portfolio in the medical gas regulator space. Essex Industries, an engineered products manufacturer, focused on aerospace and defense, has designed and commercialized medical gas regulators for patients requiring respiratory therapy in residential care facilities, hospitals, and clinics. For decades, their products have been the industry standard for reliability, durability, and precise delivery of medical gases. Essex regulators are the preferred products for major OEMs and gas companies worldwide.

The Essex Industries medical gas regulator product line will be marketed under the Control Devices brand going forward.

“For more than 50 years, Control Devices has been trusted to deliver solutions to their customers’ application-specific challenges. The company has a long history of demonstrated engineering expertise with an in-house engineering team, diverse markets served, and a reputation for outstanding quality,” Scott Kerns, Control Devices CEO, commented. “We are excited to add an industry leader to our portfolio.”

“Essex Industries remains focused on its aerospace and defense core and will continue to prioritize growth in this sector,” said Evan Waldman, Essex Industries CEO. “I am excited to see Control Devices enhance the medical gas regulator product line and build on its success.”

Essex announces partnership with HIFraser

Essex is pleased to announce our recent partnership with HIFraser.

For over 60 years, HIFraser has specialized in sea, land, and air environments, leveraging their global OEM partner network. HIFraser provides many services, including engineer design, product, manufacture, maintenance, and repair services. Their extensive technical team consists of qualified engineers and fitting technicians in electrical, mechanical, chilled water, hydraulic, pneumatic, instrumentation, and waste treatment fields.

HIFraser is located in Australia, with five facilities, 22,604 square feet of warehouse space, and over 100 employees. We are excited to move forward together with our expanded liquid oxygen systems.

Essex Industries Expanded Wall Outlet Line

Essex Industries has expanded its family of Oxygen Equipment with a new line of Wall Outlets which include Oxygen Gas, Medical Air, and a Vacuum Outlet.

The company utilized feedback from Operators worldwide to design a more rugged, user-friendly, and customizable product, with several fitting options available. EMS Operators can now select the correct outlet fitting at the time of order, eliminating the need for fitting adapters. Also, with Essex’ Integrated Flow Control technology, there’s no need for separate flowmeter devices.

The Oxygen Gas Wall Outlet provides safe delivery of supplemental oxygen and accurate prescribed flow rates to patients in multiple healthcare settings, such as hospitals, ground ambulances, rotor, and fixed-wing air ambulances.  Essex Oxygen Gas Wall Outlets work with both High-Pressure Oxygen and Liquid Oxygen (LOX). LOX is a highly efficient method of oxygen storage and delivery, becoming more common in air ambulances. The larger quantities of oxygen eliminate the need to refill between flights allowing EMS operators to maintain mission tempo and reduce downtime between missions. They carry more oxygen, fly longer, and accept more missions.

Essex Industries Announces New Vice President of Quality Assurance & Compliance

Essex Industries is pleased to announce that Mike Balbuena has joined the company as Vice President of Quality Assurance and Compliance.

Mike is a hands-on, process-oriented leader who is energized by working with people to solve problems and seek continuous improvement. His work experience includes leadership roles at Collins Aerospace, Crane Aerospace and Esterline Mason with 25 years in manufacturing, 15 years in quality leadership roles.

He holds an MBA and degrees in mechanical engineering, quality engineering and quality assurance in manufacturing and has achieved certification in supply chain management, Six Sigma Lean blackbelt, quality engineer, quality auditor and quality manager/operation excellence.

Essex Industries Acquires Stevens Manufacturing

Essex Industries is pleased to announce the acquisition of Stevens Manufacturing, an Aerospace and Defense manufacturing company located in Milford, CT, effective February 16, 2021.

Founded in 1947, Essex Industries is a leading supplier to the Aerospace and Defense market, providing platform controls, aircraft components, emergency breathing and liquid oxygen equipment. The company employs over 440 people in its St. Louis, MO and Huntington Beach, CA facilities.

Stevens Manufacturing provides precision machined OEM parts and sub-assemblies to aerospace and defense companies primarily supporting the rotorcraft market. Originating in the 1950s, the company has been a J.H. Whitney Capital Partners LLC portfolio business since 2014. Stevens operates from a single 62,000 sq. ft. facility with 54 employees.

The acquisition of Stevens supports Essex’ business strategy of further expanding its aerospace and defense product portfolio. With Steven’s location, it will also provide improved service for customers in the North East.

According to Evan Waldman, Essex CEO, “Essex and Stevens Manufacturing share common markets, manufacturing expertise and values. Working together, we will be able to offer a broader range of products and enhanced service for our customers.”

The company will continue to operate as Stevens Manufacturing in Milford, CT.

NOTICE: PBE Manual Update to Rev B

The User Manual for your Essex PBE (Portable Breathing Equipment), has been revised to include the new PBE p/n MR-10053N.

Should you require a new copy, please contact:

Kathy Kerley | [email protected] | 314.529.4401

We can be reached for questions during business hours M-F. Thank you for your prompt attention.

US Navy Awards Essex Industries MRO Contract

Essex Industries was awarded an MRO contract from the US Navy for refurbishment of their 10 Liter Liquid Oxygen Converters used to support USN/USMC F-18 Hornet Fighter Operations.

Essex provides the US Navy with 10 Liter LOX Converters, 50 Gallon LOX Carts, 500 Gallon LOX Trailers and components. Essex entered the cryogenics market in 1963. Essex LOX Converters are used on many of the Department of Defense aircraft, including the A-7, A-10, F-4, F-5, F-15, F-16, F-18, F-111, F-117, T-2, T-38, A-6, EA-6B, E-2C, S3, C-5, C-17, C-130, C-141, KC-135, HC-130 and the B-52 aircraft.

Essex Industries Announces New Vice President of Business Development

Essex Industries is pleased to announce that Mathew Johnston has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development.

Mathew comes to Essex from Espey Manufacturing and Electronics, where he served as VP of Business Development. He previously held the same position at Leonardo/DRS. Mathew has more than 25 years of experience in highly engineered products for aerospace/defense, hybrid electric vehicles, and advanced permanent magnetics applications.

Essex Resumes Operations

Essex Industries has announced that all St. Louis operations will resume Wednesday, March 25th.  Essex qualifies under the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to continue production during the COVID-19 pandemic.  During this time, all non-essential employees will work remotely and the company will observe CDC guidelines in its facilities.