About Us

Kitchen Equipment & Installation Services
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Kitchen Equipment & Installation in the Washington D.C. area.

Alto-Hartley has a long history and a longstanding reputation for excellence in the commercial food-service industry.

With roots reaching back to the 1950s, Alto-Hartley has grown and evolved so that clients consistently could rely on us to provide excellent services and products, sound advice, and the latest concepts and techniques – all with the clients’ best interests at heart.

Based just outside of Washington, D.C., the Alto-Hartley team works largely in the Mid-Atlantic region but has clientele in all 50 states.

Our Story

Al Reynolds and Tony Greco, refrigerator mechanics, were asked in the 1950s to begin selling new refrigerators. Deciding to take on more of a challenge, they began a restaurant-equipment business, which they named Alto. They became known for providing turn-key solutions and built many of Washington, D.C.’s premier restaurants of the day.

In the 1960s, Tony bought the business from Al, and Jack Hartley joined Alto’s sales team. But by the early 1970s, the business had changed in unexpected ways, making Tony more of a restaurateur. So he decided to close Alto.

Jack moved to Florida and opened his own restaurant-equipment business, taking advantage of the growth spurred by the opening of Disney World. With a growing business, Jack moved back to the Washington, D.C. area. He asked Tony whether he could revive the Alto name, recognizing its value and honoring its history.

Adding his own name and reputation to the business, Jack founded Alto-Hartley in 1982. The business thrived and expanded, in terms of services and products provided, clients served, and reach. Alto-Hartley soon was back at the forefront of the D.C. restaurant scene, building and equipping many new restaurants each year. As more project managers joined the team, new opportunities opened to work with the many corporate, health care, government, and hospitality businesses as well as educational institutions in the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area and beyond.

The company’s current president, Peter Huebner, joined Alto-Hartley in 1993 as a project manager.

Alto-Hartley’s product and service lines have evolved and been honed over time. The latest addition is design services. Now the Alto-Hartley team can take clients through the entire project life cycle – from the drawing board to reality.

The Secret to Our Success

Alto-Hartley is known for our unique combination of capabilities and qualities:

  • Teamwork
  • Integrity and accountability
  • A highly experienced and knowledgeable team
  • Delivery of high-quality, end-to-end services
  • Access to all available food-service equipment from U.S. manufacturers and the ability to custom build equipment
  • Ability to solve even the most complex issues that clients face
  • Commitment to clients’ success and to doing the job right