Founder of Hanson factory passes away
Stanley Benzies Stan Hanssen established Hanson Ltd at Cleveragh Industrial Estate in 1962 and lived at Rosses Point from 1969 to 1981.Though he moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA in 1981 to establish a new scale manufacturing location, Sligo remained a big part of his life and he regularly visited the county over the years. His last visit was during the summ
Stanley Benzies ‘Stan’ Hanssen established Hanson Ltd at Cleveragh Industrial Estate in 1962 and lived at Rosses Point from 1969 to 1981.
Though he moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA in 1981 to establish a new scale manufacturing location, Sligo remained a big part of his life and he regularly visited the county over the years. His last visit was during the summer of 2005.
Hanson Ltd, which made bathroom scales, was one of Sligo’s longest established factories. It closed in October 2001 with the loss of 133 jobs.
Mr. Hanssen was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 23, 1922. He passed on at La Posada – Mesilla Valley Hospice on December 30, 2007.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jeanne Bergman Hanssen, as well as a sister, Jan McLaughlin, of Rancho Santa Fe, California; a daughter, Peggy, and her husband, Milton Ayer, residing in Auburn, Maine.
Stan's youngest son, Eric and wife, Debbie, reside in Las Cruces with their children Jennifer and Ryan. Their middle son, Jim, predeceased him in 1985. His son, Jordan, lives in Seattle, and Jordan's family, Eve Hanssen-Wood, Jim Wood and son Douglas live in Albuquerque.
Stan graduated from the University of Illinois in Mechanical Engineering in 1942, and then served in WWII from 1942-44.
Mr. Hanssen had a long distinguished career in the scale industry. It began in the family as the Hanson Scale Co., begun by his grandfather in a Chicago garage in 1888.
Stan's adventuresome spirit led him to expand the business to Ireland, England, France, and Australia. In 1969 Stan moved his family to Sligo, Ireland for 13 years.
When the family decided to return to the U.S. in 1982, they selected Las Cruces as the ideal place for their new business facility and home. The business flourished with the help of many employees who not only contributed to the business, but also became family friends.
He loved spending time with his family, travelling, playing golf, listening to opera, playing chess and dropping in to visit his friends.
It was Mr. Hanssen’s wish that there be no funeral or memorial service