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About Hess Meat Machines

Hess Meat Machines is located at 5640 Gravois in a newly renovated 14,000 square foot building.

The company has a top trained sales and service staff, a fully equipped service department, a front showroom of new equipment, and a large warehouse for used equipment.

HMM History and Founding

Earl Hess started out in 1946 as a BERKEL Salesman selling slicers and scales out of his van. Back then, he sold a slicer in place of a carving knife, and an electric band saw to replace a cleaver. Customers saved up to buy their equipment by putting fifty cents a day in a piggy bank. Earl showed up every week or so in his trademark suit and bow tie to pick up their payments. There was a mom and pop confectionery on every corner, and Earl knew them all.

Earl expanded quickly and started Hess Meat Machines in 1950, at his home with a workshop in his garage and an army green V.W. van for deliveries. By 1961 he officially opened the doors at 6919 Gravois as a shop and warehouse to store equipment. A few years later, Earl moved the business just up the road to 5617 Gravois, providing a larger warehouse of used equipment, a showroom of new equipment, and a fully-equipped service department.

Hess Meat Machines Principles

CEO – Dick Hess
Dick joined the company as a service technician in 1972. Since then, he has both managed the service department and worked as a salesman. Upon Earl’s retirement in 1987, Dick assumed the position of president of the company and is currently serving as the CEO.

CFO – Dave Hess
Dave joined HMM in 1988 as sales manager and went on to become the vice president of the company. Dave was successful in gaining a majority market share in retail scales in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Dave currently serves as the CFO of the company.

President – Rachel Hess / Herren
Rachel joined the company in 2010 as a sales associate and went on to serve in a series of operational roles of increased responsibility including operations manager and a key accounts manager, leading to her current appointment as President of the company.

The Hess Meat Machines Team

    1. Mickey Noce/Service Manager – 1987
    2. Dawn Beal/Office Manager – 1992
    3. Charlie Dawson/Service Technician – 1997
    4. Mario Dreon/Sales, Installations, & Training – 2000
    5. Ryan Bietchert/ Service Technician – 2001
    6. Gary LaDuke/IT Director – 2005
    7. Steve Kemph/MO-ILL Sales Rep. – 2008
    8. Todd Pettit/Service Technician – 2011
    9. Matt Ringering/Service Technician – 2013
    10. Jim Standafer/Service Technician – 2013
    11. Jocelyn Vardiman/Administrative Assistant- 2017
    12. John Cook/Logistics and Parts – 2017
    13. Laura Gray/Sales Associate – 2018
    14. Amy Hess / Marketing-Office Assistant – 2018

Hess is a proud member of the following associations:
Awards
  • Mettler Toledo – Top 10 Distributor for 10 years
  • Daniels Food Equipment – Top 5 Distributor for 10 years
  • BERKEL – Top 10 BERKEL distributor for 40 years
  • Henny Penny – Sales Achievement Award Winner.

Our Customers

What Our Clients Are Saying:

Steve, “I love it, I am making and selling more chicken than ever before. It’s easier to keep clean, and I am getting 10 days out of my oil instead of only 7! I am very happy with my new Henny Penny fryer!”

– Sherry Butler, Deli Manager (Schulte’s Fresh Foods – Jefferson City, MO)

“Our Company needed parts breakdown information on a Butcher Boy meat processor machine. I called your company after locating HESSMM on the computer. Your Parts dept. mgr, Mickey, was EXTREMELY Helpful and had my fax sent ASAP. Thank You for your immediate reply, and VERY courteous response”

– Jeanne Hilko (Hydro-Dyne Electric – Houston, TX)

Our Customers Include:
  1. Midwests largest supermarket chains:
    Schnucks, Dierbergs, Shop-N-Save, Save-A-Lot, Straubs, Shur Save, Toms Supermarkets, Town-N-Country
  2. Food Chains & Convenience Stores:
    McDonalds, White Castle, KFC, Bonanza, Lee’s Famous Chicken, Wendy’s, Chick fil A, Sonic, Mr. Good Cents. Hucks, Midwest Petroleum, U-Gas, Mr. Fuel.
  3. Restaurants and Caterers:
    Ponderosa, Fast Eddies, Kenricks, Orlandos, Amighettis, Cecil Whittakers, Chevy’s, Cracker Barrel, D.Q., Imos, Lamberts Cafe, Westwood CC. Bellerive Country Club.
  4. Meat Processors and Institutions:
    St. Louis University, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Oklahoma State University, UCLA. Kuna, Kenricks, Monsanto, Sigma Chemical.
  5. Institutions:
    BJC Healthcare, Washington University, Lumiere Place and Casino Queen.