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The History of Aaron Equipment

Aaron Equipment Company was originally incorporated in the State of Illinois by brothers Samuel and Aaron Cohen in 1935. It was established as a Class A dealership for used and new equipment serving the food, chemical, plastics and allied industries. Its first location was at the original Cermak Road Firehouse in Chicago, Illinois. Its primary business was buying and selling used processing equipment such as Tanks, Kettles, Fillers, Feeders, Mixers, Blenders, Reactors, Dryers and Centrifuges to name a few.


1935 - 1950

In the late 1940’s, Aaron Equipment outgrew this facility and in 1950 under the leadership of Samuel along with sons Jerrold and Leslie Cohen, the company transferred the entire operation to a larger location at 14th Street and Ashland Avenue in Chicago, near the Loop area.

Here the company continued to grow and accumulate assets that broadened the scope of the original equipment types.

Growth & Relocation

1950 - 1959

In 1959, the Cohens decided…on a calculated risk…to move their business from the center of the city of Chicago to the outskirts of town. Thus, Aaron Equipment packed up their entire inventory and moved to the northwest suburb of Schiller Park, Illinois which was gaining a reputation as an industrial center.

The 30,000 square foot of building space allowed Aaron to spread out its inventory as well has have room for even more growth. The Schiller Park location had yet another advantageous perk as it was located just a few minutes away from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport which enabled its customers a convenient access to inspect equipment.

Flourishing Economy

1960 - 1981

As the 1960’s progressed and the economy flourished, so did Aaron Equipment Company. In 1968, it became apparent that more expansive quarters were needed to accommodate the ever growing assets of inventory. Aaron purchased an additional four acre tract of land just a block from its then current location which was an emergency maneuver to be used as an outside storage yard.

In 1970, Aaron again initiated construction of another 45,000 square foot building complex at Bernice and Willow Streets in Schiller Park. This facility housed the offices, workshop and warehouse space…all located next to their outdoor storage yard.

New Headquarters


Aaron’s success and ever expanding inventory caused the company to relocate once again in 1982 to its current location on Green Street in Bensenville, Illinois.

The headquarters in Bensenville is still near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and sits on more than 40 acres with more than 400,000 square feet of warehouse space and a full service reconditioning shop. 

Global Presence

Present Day

Today, under third generation of ownership, the company is run by a pair of Cohen cousins. Brothers Alan & Bennett Cohen and Michael & Steven Cohen have grown the business into an international organization with offices on two continents.

With more than 15,000 items of quality used process equipment in inventory, Aaron Equipment has the reputation for being one of the largest dealers of used, new and reconditioned process equipment serving most processing and packaging industries.

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