Founder August J. Antunes meets Jack Smith, and the two begin working together as manufacturer’s representatives, forming a new company.
Following the passing of Jack Smith in 1960, August J. Antunes officially changes the company to A.J. Antunes & Co. August’s brother Jerry joins the company.
A.J. Antunes & Co. begins representing EmberGlo and its line of broilers and steamers, working with McDonald’s to use EmberGlo steamers to warm buns for their fish filet sandwiches.
A new safety regulation for industrial ovens creates the need for specialized air and gas switches. August develops the W-1 switch, the first product manufactured by A.J. Antunes & Co.
August J. Antunes creates the circular hotdog grill and names it “Roundup.” That same year, the company enters the foodservice industry as an equipment manufacturer.
The company’s growing manufacturing business leads A.J. Antunes & Co. to build its second facility in Addison, Illinois.
August J. Antunes forms a new electronics division to make controls for the company’s expanding line of foodservice equipment.
Glenn Bullock joins A.J. Antunes & Co.
The success of the foodservice, switch and electronics business leads A.J. Antunes & Co. to build two more manufacturing areas in Addison, Illinois.
August J. Antunes passes away on March 14, 1990. Team members, customers, distributors, representatives and business partners all mourn the loss of a truly great man who transformed the company into a global leader.
A.J. Antunes & Co. develops the VCT-200, the first 10-second commercial toaster, to support McDonald’s new ‘Made For You’ production system.
The company condenses its operations from five separate buildings into a brand new facility in Carol Stream, Illinois.