Jessee Equipment Manufacturing is a full-service company dedicated to the development of more efficient and reliable processing solutions from the orchards to the final package. We offer:

  • Hulling Systems
  • Drying Systems
  • In-Shell Systems
  • Shelling Systems
  • Laser Lines
  • Inspection Lines
  • Packaging Systems

Servicing the fruit, vegetable and tree-nut industries worldwide, our goal is to provide our customers with state-of-the-art processing solutions. We strive to maintain a friendly, fair and creative work environment, which respects diversity, new ideas and hard work.

Keys to Success

The keys to success in this business are:

  • The proven innovation of processing equipment.
  • Experienced personnel with integrity.
  • Quality of equipment with proven reliability.

Company Summary

Jessee Equipment Manufacturing provides hulling, drying, in-shell, shelling and packaging equipment primarily to the tree nut industry. Most sales are direct to the customer, but recently we have been exploring options of expanding our sales department with outside dealers or sales representatives.

Company History

Gene M. Jessee, Inc. was founded in 1954 in Chico, California. Mr. Jessee had developed a nut cleaner for the almond industry that utilized a column of controlled air. These machines were called Airlegs and helped revolutionize the almond hulling industry. Units were sold to huller operators directly and through huller plant manufactures who acted as dealers.

During the 1970s, the manufacturing scope of the company was expanded to include equipment for walnut cleaning and additional almond hulling equipment, as well as some installation of the equipment.

During the 1980s, the company focused on expanding its established equipment into additional tree nut industries, establishing product lines for:

  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios

During the 1990s, cracking and shelling equipment was developed. This equipment proved to be so successful that complete processing lines are now being utilized internationally. Product lines have been developed to service the coffee industry as well.

The new millennium has brought us expansion in our product lines, enlarged manufacturing facilities and has built a stronger organization. We have continued to refine and improve our existing equipment, streamlined our production flow and have expanded our product line to include complete turnkey systems in the following processing fields: Hulling, Drying, In-Shell Cleaning & Sizing, Shelling, Laser Sorting, Inspection and Packaging. We continue to strive to better serve our customers and to keep up with the growth of our industry.

Company Location and Facilities

The company headquarters and manufacturing facility are located at 2434 Dayton Road, Chico, California. Manufacturing facilities encompass more than 50,000-plus square feet, including engineering, fabrication, paint, assembly, parts department and office space.

We have developed satellite offices in Southern California and Oregon for domestic sales, as well as Chile, China and Australia for international customers.


Jessee Equipment Manufacturing specializes in plant design and engineering. We are well known for our high-quality manufacturing of individual pieces as well as turnkey systems. We now offer a full installation parts and service department. Users of these products range from individual growers to large corporate processors.

Specific Equipment includes:

  • Aspirators
  • Crackers
  • Hullers
  • Sizing Decks
  • Pre Cleaners
  • Rock Tanks
  • Wash Conveyors
  • Inspection Tables
  • Bin Turners
  • Elevators and Conveyors
  • Sanitary Bin Storage
  • Modular Dryers
  • Rotary Dryers
  • Bolt-Together Stadium Dryers
  • Walnut Scalpers
  • Grain Scalpers

We also offer Standard Configured Turnkey Systems with the following capacities:

  • 10-, 16-, 22- and 30-ton hulling lines (based on output rate of the system)
  • 250-, 500-, 2,000-, 4,000- and 8,000-pound/hour shelling lines (based on the infeed rate of the system)
  • 60-, 72-, 120- and 240-ton drying systems with automated conveying system
  • 10,000 and 20,000 in-shell sizing and cleaning systems
  • 2-, 4- and 8-lane clean room meat inspection lines
  • Laser Sorting
  • Packaging Systems
  • 3,000, 6,000 and 12,000 Macadamia husking and cleaning systems

**With a fully staffed on-site engineering department, we can custom design your project if it does not fit into the standard configurations listed above. Please do not hesitate to call and set up a conference call with our sales staff today to discuss your specific project needs.