Essex to Explore International Markets at DSEI 2023

Essex Industries is thrilled to announce its participation as a first-time exhibitor at DSEI 2023, one of the world’s largest defense and security exhibitions. The event will be held from September 10th to 13th, 2023, at the ExCeL London exhibition center. Find Essex in the Aerospace Zone, Hall 5, booth H5-501.

They will be showcasing product design and manufacturing capabilities and will speak to their ability to provide products and services for retrofit and upgrade programs. Essex Industries specializes in manufacturing human-machine interfaces, providing grips for some of the most advanced air and ground combat vehicles in the world. Essex is also a leading provider of mechanical and electro-mechanical aircraft components and assemblies that are a part of virtually every subsystem of an aircraft, including fuel, hydraulic, pneumatic, and oxygen systems. Essex’s Liquid Oxygen Systems have been used in aerospace since 1963. They are also a leading manufacturer of Emergency Breathing Equipment. With a talented team, advanced tools, and rapid prototyping capabilities, Essex is well-equipped to meet the demands of adjacent international markets.

Essex Industries set to participate in ACPC 2023

Essex Industries is excited to announce their participation in the 2023 Air Carriers Purchasing Conference, which will take place August 19-22, in New York City, NY.

ACPC is renowned as the most productive aviation conference globally, providing unparalleled networking opportunities over four action-packed days. The Conference and the Aviation Networking Forum, a dynamic one-day trade show, consistently sell out each year.

At the ANF event, Essex will showcase the industry leading Essex Crewmember PBE, a self-contained, portable, protective breathing device. Additionally, Essex will educate attendees on the device’s proven safety features and showcase a range of mounting bracket options available for airlines.

Designed to safeguard aircraft crewmembers from the effects of smoke, carbon dioxide, harmful gases and oxygen deficiency, it provides protection as they manage in-flight fire, smoke or fume emergencies and assist the evacuation of passengers. The Essex PBE holds FAA TSO-C116, TSO-C99 approvals as well as CAA, EASA, CAAC and ANAC approvals. It is available on GSA Advantage under contract number GS-07F-0483N.

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Essex Industries CFO Todd Waldman was selected as a 2023 TITAN 100

Essex Industries CFO Todd Waldman was selected as a 2023 TITAN 100. 

The TITAN 100 is a national program that recognizes the top 100 CEO’s and C-level executives in a region. Representing both the private and public sectors, these TITANS of Industry demonstrate exceptional leadership, vision, passion, and influence in their field. 

Todd says, “My people leadership style is predicated on The Platinum Rule, which is a variation of The Golden Rule, that calls for ‘Treating others the way they want to be treated.’ It’s important to recognize everyone as a unique individual, find out what makes them tick, and treat them in a way that will result in getting the most positive and impactful outcome.”

Todd Waldman was appointed CFO in 2020 and has been instrumental in leading Essex’s accounting, finance, and IT/IS departments to prepare for taking the business to the next level. His leadership helped the business to streamline back-end office processes, conduct due diligence and integrate acquired companies, and launch a new ERP system that will be a foundation for day-to-day business execution as well as a component of fostering future growth.


Essex Set to Showcase Custom Aircraft Components & Platform Controls at Paris Air Show

Essex Industries, a leading Aerospace & Defense Manufacturer, is proud to announce its participation in the 54th International Paris Air Show, exhibiting June 19-22, 2023. Essex will display its product design and manufacturing capabilities through a diverse range of platform controls, assemblies, and complex aircraft components in the US Pavilion, booth 3-D158, inside the newly constructed Hall 3 at La Bourget.

Essex manufactures thousands of unique mechanical and electro-mechanical aircraft components and assemblies for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, including those used in fuel, hydraulic, pneumatic, and oxygen systems. Also, experience in designing human-machine interfaces (HMI), manufacturing platform controls, and control panels. Essex Liquid Oxygen Systems have played a large role in aerospace since 1963. Essex provides new LOX systems for military and commercial applications, ranging from a 5 Liter Converter to a 500 Gallon LOX Cart, and provides MRO for existing systems. The company is also a leading manufacturer of Emergency Breathing Equipment. Essex has contributed to every major aerospace program since 1947.

Essex has the right talent, the necessary tools, rapid prototyping capabilities, and in-house design testing. With a rigorous Stage Gate controlled development process, excellent communication with customers, and cross-functional teams, Essex ensures high-quality results and reduces sustainment issues throughout the program’s life. “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…” said Evan Waldman, CEO of Essex Industries.

Essex Attended AAAA Mission Solutions Summit

As a longtime supporter and Industry Member of the Army Aviation Association of America, Essex Industries is celebrating a successful event at the 2023 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit. This year Essex kicked off the Quad A week as a sponsor in the 2023 AAAA Air Assault Chapter Golf Tournament, and the team won first place at the tournament!

During the exhibitors’ event, Essex showcased Aircraft Components and Platform Controls as part of the over 250,000 fielded products serving the warfighter daily. This event is a big opportunity for the entire Army Aviation Community to gather in one place to further the advances in the field. Essex was honored to be part of this essential gathering, providing excellent opportunities to meet, network, and establish close relationships with attendees and exhibitors.

The event was a success, with over 10,000 attendees from 26 countries worldwide representing the Army Aviation Community. Over 400 exhibitors and 60 events and hall of fame table sponsors were also present, with more than 70 speakers highlighting the latest innovative trends in Army Aviation. Essex is excited about the future collaborations resulting from this successful event, and we are saving the date to participate in the 2024 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit, April 24-26, in Denver, Colorado.

Essex is Attending AFA Warfare Symposium

Warfare Symposium in Aurora, Colorado, March 6-8, 2023. As a Corporate Member of AFA, we look forward to being a part of the Technology Exposition.

Being at the forefront of innovation for advanced aircraft platforms, Essex continues to take on new technology challenges in human-machine interfaces (HMI) and cockpit and equipment control panels. Essex supplies the main pilot/aircraft interfaces for flight, avionics, and armament systems on many of the fighter jets. Also, most USAF trainers, tankers, reconnaissance, and transport aircraft have Essex platform controls, aircraft components, emergency portable oxygen systems/EPOS, or liquid oxygen equipment onboard.

As an exhibitor of AWS 2023, we hope to learn of present and future HMI challenges and the contribution that our capabilities and experience can provide to order to support the USAF and deter, fight, and win. Our 75-year history and success in the extreme MIL-SPEC aircraft testing environment gives Essex an advantage in understanding customer requirements and associated standards in the battle-tested, mission-ready military aircraft arena. This knowledge base spans the product offerings in HMI, cockpit and equipment control panels, and related DOD build-to-print components and assemblies. Essex brings manufacturing expertise, program management, engineering, procurement, technical staff, quality and compliance controls, and continuous improvement to ensure all customer requirements are met.

We would love the opportunity to meet and hear from attendees interested in Essex products and services. If attending the Technology Exposition, visit booth #835 and grab an Essex Grip stress reliever. Also, join us for a taste of local brew in our booth Tuesday, 07 March 1400-1600.

Essex Industries Acquires Connecticut Manufacturer, Precision Aerospace

Essex Industries is pleased to announce the acquisition of Precision Aerospace, Inc (PAI), an Aerospace and Defense manufacturing company located in Seymour, CT, effective October 24, 2022.

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 400 people in its St. Louis, MO, Milford, CT and Huntington Beach, CA facilities.

PAI provides precision machined components to aerospace and defense companies, which support every major fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft program with pressure sensors, pressure transducers and oil debris monitoring technology.  Precision Aerospace also manufactures critical components supporting the supply of semi-conductors.

Founded in 1969, PAI has been a family owned and operated business with a talented and committed workforce whose culture and values closely align with those of Essex.

The acquisition of PAI supports Essex’ business strategy of further expanding its aerospace and defense product portfolio while enhancing its capability in the northeast region.

According to Evan Waldman, Essex CEO, “Essex and PAI share common values, customers and capabilities.  We are excited to expand our product offering to our customers and continue to provide exceptional customer service.”

PAI will operate in Connecticut as Essex Industries.

Essex Industries Announces New Vice President/General Manager Essex Milford

Essex Industries is pleased to announce Garrett Ferris has joined the company as Vice President/General Manager at the Essex location in Milford, CT.

Garrett comes to Essex from Saint-Gobain where he held site management roles, most recently plant manager. Prior to that, he held engineering roles with Sikorsky.

Garrett holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State and brings a diverse skill base which includes lean manufacturing, supply chain management, quality management, regulatory compliance, and more. Garrett and his wife (Lauren) have two boys (Connor & Calvin) and live in Trumbull, CT.

Essex is thankful for Mathew “MJ” Johnston’s leadership at Milford for the past year and a half. He will be transitioning back to St Louis and returning to his role as Vice President of Business Development.

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.”