H.E.C founders’ first completed structure was in 1960, a twenty-four apartment building on Sassine Street in Achrafieh. This success was followed with the construction of a building in Achrafieh (1964) facing the Azarieh Convent, another in Dora and a third in Lebanon Street.
H.E.C further expanded by creating the tourist buildings of The Atlantic Hotel (1968) and Melcart Hotel (1971). We were also one of the first to invest in Ramla Al-Baida, a left-out region at the time. Although at the beginning the project was perceived as a risk , the establishment of our first hotel in that region proved to be a tremendous innovative success and contributed to what has become one of the capital’s most luxurious and expensive neighborhoods.
Having become a leader in our field, we proceeded to take more projects, and therefore accumulated our successes, constructing 65 buildings and hotels in 48 years. Early 1970’s projects include the luxurious eleven-story building at Rawche-Karakas (1973), the wellknown “Aramis” in Hamra (1974), and the thirty-two apartment structure in Karakol Al-Druz (1975).
The unfortunate Lebanese civil war events shifted our Lebanese expansion into expanding our business to the neighboring Gulf countries. Several industrial manufacturing businesses, such as Alumar aluminum factory (1976), Gulf building material company (1977) and Skyline elevators (1978) were launched as a means of remaining faithful to the same quality standards advocated back in our home country.
In time, we crossed into America, where we invested in a considerable number of real estate projects among which are 15 gas stations, commercial and residential buildings, and land acquisition in Ottawa (1982) and the “Aphrodite: Salon and Spa” in California (2002).
A turning point for our company in 2003 was the passing down of the H.E.C establishment from the two founder brothers,onto their sons Karim and Samer El-Hajjar.
With this new change in upper management, the company's orientation changed into technology-oriented developer. We use Cisco for our communication system and call management, ensuring smooth and secure communication. Further, H.E.C’s contract with Oracle, the world’s largest business software company, systematizes H.E.C’s whole scope of business; Oracle JDE, the best global business practice solution is used by the world’s top 500 companies.
Within its vision of regional leadership and strategic expansion, H.E.C Holding made a landmark stride in 2006: the founding of H.E.C Contracting.
Formerly the contracting arm of the Holding, H.E.C Contracting is
now an independent subsidiary established to handle the construction and
contracting aspects of all the Holding’s real estate projects in Lebanon and
the region as well as the implementation of its contracting agreements.
Operating under the umbrella of H.E.C Holding, H.E.C Contracting enjoys the
professional knowhow to manage projects from A to Z: from value engineering,
excavation, and structure erection to finishing, scheduled site management
reports, quality control, cost reporting, safety monitoring, and competitive
H.E.C Holding is also a corporation whose heart is in the right place. Its humanitarian initiative, H.E.C Heart, was founded as a natural response to a national disaster in summer 2006. Its mission is to lend a helping hand to needy families, children, and elderly people directly and through supporting charities; to this end, H.E.C Heart makes regular contributions, giving a ray of hope to those who need it most.
H.E.C seeks to develop real estate with a green conscience. Through H.E.C Green established in 2007, its environmental initiative, it secures a substantial share for greenery in all its projects.
H.E.C Wood was founded in 2008 following H.E.C’s purchase of a distinguished one-floor, 300sqm wood factory in Ghazir, Lebanon. This pre-existing factory had an extensive experience in the field;
H.E.C Wood, expanded this area to 750sqm and replaced all its existing machines with brand new Italian imported machinery. It also added the corporate identity and practices, enabling it to produce the most innovative designs with the highest quality wood.
2010 was the year of the establishment of H.E.C Trading, the entrepreneurial development, was stimulated by a desire for excellence.
In October of 2010, H.E.C Lifestyle printed its first issue. H.E.C Lifestyle is a high-end magazine distributed to around 2000 readers, looking into building a community within H.E.C Holding’s clients, suppliers, partners and friends.
In 2011, H.E.C Wood moved its location to a bigger space, expanding to a 1500m2. The move is due to high demand on the B2B level. The expansion took form in a new technical workshop, providing fast delivery at low cost value. In addition, the company created multiple new positions on the level of architecture, manufacturing, quality, sales and marketing, and project management departments. Finally, we started using 20-20 Technologies, one of the largest companies in the world offering a single integrated software platform for industry-wide practice – from showroom to factory floor – that is tailored specifically to the interior design business and employed across all environments, desktops and the Web.
Within the beginning of 2012, H.E.C Homes was established, emerging as a pioneer in Prefabricated Homes.
At the start of 2013, was the establishment of H.E.C Aluminum. With H.E.C Holding experience in manufacturing the process was easy to apply.