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 established a manufacturing division called Aurora Industrial Machining. He opened the 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 a third-generation woman-owned business, operated by John Hesse's grandchildren.


From our humble beginnings as a start-up in a one-room office, our family business has grown to include a diversified line of products in various industries. In 1972, we acquired VANEC Industrial Silencers and in 1984, Texas Manufacturing Company. We now employ more than 100 people in 2 states at 4 different manufacturing plants. Our products are installed throughout the globe.