A tastier, yet healthier, lifestyle

Our Story

Embark on a journey through time as we share the story of our humble beginnings. What started as a business founded by WWII refugees from Hungary on Long Island City, NY has evolved into a trusted and respected force in the industry.

Did you know?

Hickory used to manufacture a pizza oven. This pizza oven, called VPO, or Visual Pizza Oven, was a large 54" deck oven that spun and allowed for pizza to be cooked in minutes!

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Years in business
Generations of Owners
Countries Served

Under his guidance, we broadened our range from stainless steel work tables to include innovative additions like rotisseries and warmers.

Our Story, est. 1946

In 1946, visionary Martin Kalman founded Old Hickory, sparking a legacy of crafting top-notch, American-made products.

October, 1978

Marked a pivotal moment as a new corporation emerged, led by President Steven Maroti and Vice President/Secretary and Steven's mother, Aniko Heller. They not only acquired the assets and name but also steered the legacy into a new era.

Mr. Kalman was Steven's grandfather's best friend and they had all fled Hungary.

August, 1994

Hickory moves to a spacious 46,000-square-foot facility located in North Bergen, New Jersey from its original location in Long Island City, Queens, New York.

July, 2017

Ayman Megala's acquisition marked a transformative moment at Hickory Industries. With over 20 years in the food service industry and a prowess for working with his hands, he became owner-operator, propelling the company to new heights of growth and success.

March, 2021

Ayman's passing brought challenges, yet Michelle Megala, at 23, courageously became President and CEO. Leading a women owned business, Michelle is dedicated to upholding Old Hickory's legacy with exceptional products exceeding customer expectations.

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2024 and BEYOND
At Hickory Industries, our commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction propels us. With Michelle's leadership and our dedicated team, we look forward to crafting superior products for years to come.

Our Team

Michelle Megala

President & CEO

2nd-gen CEO of Hickory Industries Inc., is leading the 75-year-old company in the specialty kitchen equipment industry. She oversees all aspects of the business, actively networking to maintain Old Hickory's legacy as a trusted brand.

Cortney McLain

Inside Sales & Support

Montclair State University alum, heads customer service, tech support, & inside sales. Prioritizing people with a personal touch, she fosters trust with large & small clients. Formerly running a photography studio, her business background informs her approach.

Charles Tiburcio


With 25+ years at Hickory, Charlie is an incredible asset. His unparalleled expertise in equipment and intimate familiarity with all parts enable seamless navigation of the production process, ensuring smooth and efficient machinery functioning.

Maikel Ghaly


Our esteemed IT head and technician hailing from Alexandria, Egypt. His profound technical expertise, exceptional skill set, and unwavering work ethic make him indispensable.

Katrice Mendoza


Katrice, with extensive bookkeeping experience for small and large enterprises, brings a wealth of knowledge to her role. As a recent mother, she skillfully manages Hickory's bookkeeping, AP, and AR.

Melissa Megala

IT Support

Northwestern University graduate class of 2023, Melissa brings her knowledge in social policy and data science to contribute to the family business.

Melissa Sarango




Sales Support (Spanish)


Our Offerings

Parts & Accessories

No parts? No problem. We are based in USA with parts in stock

Prices vary by part

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For the grab-n-go consumer and soccer-moms (or dads!) 🚗

From $15,000



Spice up your menu! Vamos! Yalla! Oi! 💃

From $6,000


Batch Rotisserie

Set it & Forget it! Feed plenty at once with this bad boy!

From $19,000


Continuous Rotisserie

Cook to perfection--at your own pace🕜

From $6,000