Hester Fabrication was started in a garage in 2007 based on Daniel Hester’s passion for innovative, precise, and practical design and execution. After years of crafting custom engineered products for a wide range of customers, Hester developed a reputation across the San Francisco Bay Area for providing solutions to unique programs. After working as a civil engineer on the Bay St Louis bridge and the San Francisco Bay Bridge major bridge, Daniel left the heavy construction industry to start a small engineering and fabrication shop in Oakland, California in 2012. The business quickly grew, and the projects become increasingly technical and involved increasingly high-end clients. The business eventually moved to its current location in Hayward, California and continued to grow into a leader in complex engineering and fabrication, serving customers around the globe.
In 2020 Daniel Hester sold his stake of the company to Robert (Bob) Simmons who took over as CEO and John Rettie took over as president.
Bob Simmons, as his role as CEO is responsible for product innovation and strategy. Simmons holds more than 100 patents in manufacturing and construction technology and is a recognized thought leader in combining lean manufacturing, lean design and lean construction for marquee global companies. John Rettie, in his role as President, is responsible for all business functions. John brings a background in applying manufacturing and fabrication technologies in atypical industries like construction, as well as experience managing both detailed fabrication processes and large-scale product delivery. We continue to pursue technically challenging work in a wide range of industries where we can bring
value to our customers.
John has 16 years of experience in manufacturing and construction. John started his career at ConXtech a structural steel manufacturing company where he worked for over a decade. He helped with the growth and manufacturing of up to 200 employees as the Director of Fabrication. Before joining Hester Fab, John worked at RAD Urban a manufacturer of pre-fabricated and pre-finished Urban apartment buildings as the director of Manufacturing/Co-GM.
John plans on building on the knowledge of the incredible team to continue to deliver the value of the Hester brand.
In his spare time, John enjoys going on outdoor adventures with his wife and son.
Chris joined Hester in 2019. After years of experience in engine building and fabrication, Chris went back to school and graduated from UC Davis with a degree in mechanical engineering. He quickly adapted to Hester's ways of "getting after it" Without a doubt, Chris will stay until the end of the day to get the job done.
On he's downtime, Chris likes to spend his time working on cars and motorcycles, but most of all Chris loves spending time with his baby daughter Teagan.
Monty joined the Hester team in June 2023 after working in the Aerospace field for 3 years. He enjoys finding efficient and effective solutions to problems. He graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
After work, Monty enjoys woodworking, hockey, and going to concerts in his spare time.
Kevin joined Hester Fabrication in the summer of 2021. Before joining Hester Fabrication, Kevin spent 12 years working in the structural steel industry, leading a team of product development engineers and developing a product line for manufacturing structural steel. In addition, Kevin set up multiple fabrication facilities worldwide in remote areas such as Saudi Arabia and Mexico.
In his spare time, Kevin enjoys being outdoors on his boat or out on the trail in his Polaris RZR.
Janette joined the team after a tenure working at a major consumer retailer. Among other things, she manages the accounting, material procurement, HR, and generally keeps us all in line. Janette runs a very tight ship, which helps facilitate many aspects of project success from beginning to end.
She enjoys spending time with her family and watching true crime documentaries in her spare time.