Jerry Maahs enters the foodservice industry as one of the first Chicken Delight chain franchise units. Expanding to 13 units that provided home delivery, Maahs, a true pioneer, sought out a solution to keep food hot, especially during Wisconsin winters.
Experimenting with thermal heat, Jerry wraps cables around insulated containers, resulting in the invention of Halo Heat holding cabinets. Halo Heat makes its debut at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) show.
Responding to a customer’s need, Alto-Shaam experiments with low temperature, overnight cooking and holding of prime rib. A new category of commercial kitchen equipment is invented: Cook & Hold ovens with exclusive Halo Heat® technology.
Seeing a growing need for modern kitchens to become more versatile and efficient, Alto-Shaam is one of the first to manufacture combi ovens in the U.S. and introduces the groundbreaking Combitherm Oven. Buffet tables and heated display casings were also introduced.
Alto-Shaam doubled the size of headquarters in Menomonee Falls, as well as expanded to serve customers in France and Canada. Alto-Shaam performed its first cruise line installation and its first installation in Antarctica.
Steve Maahs, Jerry’s son, is named president and COO and Karen Hansen, Jerry’s daughter, becomes CEO. Alto-Shaam becomes one of the first foodservice manufacturers to focus on sustainability.
Quickchiller™ and Rotisserie categories are introduced.
Alto-Shaam unveils its new CombiTouch control for the Combitherm® oven and wins the KI Award.
Recognizing the potential of Structured Air Technology®, Alto-Shaam partners with Phil Mckee, founder and CEO of Appliance Innovation. The Vector Multi-Cook Oven line was created, which revolutionized the cooking industry. The Vector Multi-Cook Oven received a Kitchen Innovations 2017 Award, which recognizes the biggest advancements of the year in the foodservice industry.