New Ergonomic Collective Grip from Essex Industries

Essex Industries is proud to introduce its new Ergonomic Collective Grip.  This patent-pending design incorporates additional switches to eliminate hand repositioning or dual seat inputs.  The grip’s unique shape provides the optimum hand position for long-range comfort, reducing fatigue during flight.

The new Ergonomic Collective Grip enables pilots to fly the aircraft while maintaining control of all electronic switch functions.  It comfortably puts more needed tasks at their fingertips.

Essex developed the Ergonomic Collective Grip for the UH-60 Black Hawk with eight different switches, including a Cursor Slew

Switch and HUD Switch, which are not typically available on a collective grip.

This new Ergonomic Collective Grip can be modified to fit any rotary platform and is particularly suited to those applications that require a wide range of functionality.  Switches can be changed, as needed, to include uses such as weapon or sensor control.

Essex Industries Acquires Momeni Engineering

Essex Industries is pleased to announce the acquisition of Momeni Engineering LLC, a manufacturing company located in Huntington Beach, California, effective January 1, 2019.

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 300 people in its four St. Louis facilities.

Momeni Engineering provides precision machined OEM parts and assemblies to aerospace and medical companies.  Originally founded in the late 1980’s, the company as currently structured was established in 2010.  Momeni operates from two co-located facilities with 45 employees.

The acquisition of Momeni supports Essex’ business strategy of further expanding its commercial aircraft product portfolio.  With Momeni’s location, it will also provide improved service for Essex customers on the West Coast.

According to Evan Waldman, Essex CEO, “Essex and Momeni Engineering share common markets, manufacturing expertise and values.  Working together, we will be able to offer a broader range of products and enhanced customer service.”

The company will continue to operate as Momeni Engineering in Huntington Beach, California.

Essex Industries Names Evan Waldman New CEO

Essex Industries is pleased to announce that Evan Waldman has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2019.  A third-generation member of the company’s founding Guller family, Mr. Waldman is just the third CEO in the company’s 70-year history.

Evan Waldman joined Essex in 2004 as a Sales and Marketing Associate.  He has served as Operations Manager for the Manufacturing Division, Director of Commercial Sales, Director of Strategy and most recently as Sr. Vice President of Business Development.  Evan has a B.A. degree from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from Washington University.

Evan Waldman succeeds Keith Guller as CEO.  Both Mr. Guller and Mickey Waldman, President, have retired from their leadership roles in the organization, but remain active as family members on the company’s Board of Directors.

Essex Industries is a family-owned and operated manufacturer focused on the aerospace and defense market.   Providing platform controls and aircraft components, Essex has been a part of virtually every major military and commercial aerospace program since the company began in 1947.

Other Essex product lines include liquid oxygen equipment, emergency breathing equipment and gas regulators.  Essex employs over 300 people at its four locations in St. Louis, Missouri.

Emergency Breathing on the Move!

Essex Emergency Breathing operations will relocate the week of December 17, 2018 to our facility at 8007 Chivvis Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63123. 

Preparations for this event have been underway for months to ensure that no changes or delays in service, production or shipping occur during the transition.

Gas Regulator production will continue at the Carr Lane Court facility into next year.  Essex corporate offices will remain at 7700 Gravois and we will maintain our manufacturing operations at the Sunnen facility.

Updates will be posted on our website, LinkedIn and Facebook pages, so check back for the latest information.

Essex Industries HOTAS Grips on F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Essex Industries and Lockheed Martin have reached agreement on the next round of HOTAS (Hands-on Throttle and Stick) grip deliveries for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.  Production will extend through December 2022, with quantities expected to exceed 570 shipsets.

The F-35 is a 5th Generation fighter, combining aircraft characteristics of advanced stealth, integrated avionics, sensor fusion and superior logistics support with the most powerful and comprehensive integrated sensor package of any fighter aircraft in history.  Variants of the F-35 will replace fighters for the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, and ten other countries around the world.

In addition to supplying the HOTAS grips, Essex also provides a series of valves for the F-35 fuel system.

Essex Industries Interphone Control Panels on C-130

Essex Industries has received a five-year contract from the U.S. Government that involves at least 100 Interphone Control Panels for the C-130. The first delivery order will ship in 2019.

The C-130, a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft built by Lockheed Martin, has become the main tactical airlifter for military forces around the world.

In addition to the Interphone Control Panels, Essex provides the Liquid Oxygen (LOX) system for the C-130 and supplies three different control wheel upgrades with U.S. SOCOM (Special Operations Command), IAF (Indian Air Force) and Lockheed Martin

Essex Industries PBE Selected by Korean Air

Protective Breathing Equipment - PBE

Essex Industries is pleased to announce that their PBE, Protective Breathing Equipment, was selected by Korean Air for its new CS300 aircraft.

The Essex PBE is a self-contained personal breathing device that provides crewmembers with protection during emergencies in an aircraft.   The PBE is easy to activate and use, donning in just 15 seconds.  Its unique design eliminates the need for an oral/nasal mask so that crewmembers can communicate while wearing the unit.  The Essex PBE provides up to 60 minutes of aviator’s grade oxygen by means of two oxygen cylinder assemblies, unlike other units that use chemical-oxygen generators.  Recognized for its safe design, the Essex PBE is the lightest unit available, making it more comfortable for the crew and reducing fuel costs for the airline through weight reduction.  Essex PBE’s are installed in the majority of U.S. airlines and a growing number of carriers throughout the world.  The PBE holds FAA TSO-C116 and TSO-C99 approvals as well as CAA, EASA, CAAC and ANAC approvals.

Ranked as one of the top 20 passenger carriers in the world, Korean Air maintains a fleet of 164 planes and operates scheduled flights to 123 cities in 43 countries worldwide.  It is the largest airline and flag carrier of South Korea based on fleet size, international destinations and international flights.  Korean Air is part of the SkyTeam Airline Alliance.