Saadettin Erkan, upon graduation from Ankara's renowned Middle East and Technical University, returned to his home town Hacilar with an idea: he wanted to set up Turkey's first cable production. There was a lot of demand as Turkey had just embarked on a major electrification programme. Saadetin Erkan convinced a group of entrepreneurial families from Hacilar to invest in HES Kablo. He travelled to Germany to raise additional capital among Turkish guestworkers living there. HES Kablo produced its first cables in 1976. It grew into Hacilar's biggest company, employing 1,500 during the 1990s. Since 1999, Saadetin Erkan is owner of Hes Makina, one of the subsidiary firms making machines for the production of electricity cables.