Every since working in his grandfather's machine shop as a young teenager, Mark Hess was destined to own his own tool and die business. Over a fourteen year period prior to starting Hess Industries, mark learned the details of the trade by working for several companies where he gained experience in building and repairing progressive and transfer dies, managing people, production scheduling and quality control. During this time, Mark worked through an extensive apprenticeship program overseeing all facets of the design, build, repair and operation of 400 to 600 dies in a production setting. Also during this time, Mark earned his Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering, graduating with honors from North Central State College.
In June of 1999, Mark and his wife Pam, who has an extensive background in customer service, accounting, executive administration and human resources, started Hess Industries, Ltd. as a sole proprietorship. The company started with a single account but within months had added additional customers. Operating out of 1,800 square feet of space leased from Braintree, the company established its roots at 201 East 5th Street in Mansfield where it began to serve customers throughout central Ohio.
The business continued to grow in early 2000, and additional employees were added throughout the year. By March, the company had outgrown its initial space and expanded to over 3,800 square feet at the Mansfield Incubator. This expansion allowed the company to add state-of-the-art equipment, like two Mitsubishi Wire EDM machines and a Haas Vertical Machining Center. Hess sets itself apart from its competitors by being a leader in adopting the latest technology and acquiring the most sophisticated equipment on the market.
By focusing on the exceptional customer service, Hess Industries has continued to gain customers and increase its business. Customers who need tools and dies built or repaired value Hess' timely, high quality services and rewarded Hess Industries with record sales in 2001. In addition, the greater Mansfield business community recognized Hess' success by naming Hess Industries Ltd. the winner of the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year for 2001.
In 2002, the company purchased new software, Virtual Gibbs and Solid Edge, to be able to hold close tolerances and process complex parts using solid modeling technology. Hess Industries still continues to grow at a steady pace and is no renting a total of 11,000 square feet from Braintree. With an added press room and the purchase of a Clearing 250 ton straight side press, Hess Industries keeps adding value to its customer's products, by being able to complete in-house die trial and proving the tool before it is ever on the customers floor.
An additional RA90 Wire EDM and a Haas VF-5 was added in 2005 that, once again, has allowed Hess Industries to gain more capacity time to better serve its customers and to allow them to branch into different markets and industries. Through God's grace, the history of Hess Industries continues to be written every day.