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.


Essex has released a new training video on 7 Liter and 10 Liter Liquid Oxygen Converters. The video reviews common troubleshooting procedures so that customers can address basic issues in the field instead of returning the units to Essex.

AS9100D/ISO9001:2015 Certification

Essex Industries has received notification from BSI that its AS9100D/ISO9001:2015 accreditation has been approved.  This certification will be in effect until February 27, 2020, contingent upon successful completion of annual surveillance audits.

AS9100D is a quality management standard for organizations that design and manufacture products for the aerospace industry including parts, components and assemblies.  ISO9001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system, or QMS.

This certification applies to all four Essex facilities and covers Platform Controls, Aircraft Components, Liquid Oxygen Equipment and Emergency Breathing Equipment.