History

The Montague Heritage

It began in 1857, in San Francisco, California, during the Gold Rush Era. Founder Wilfred Weed (W.W.) Montague started his business in a small way selling pots, pans and general hardware items. He was known as an inventor and had a reputation for uncompromising quality. Gradually he began manufacturing "French" ranges, a combination of brick with steel ovens and tops, which evolved into the present line of ranges. In 1902 the original "Locke and Montague" was succeeded by a corporation and by 1910, the company known as W.W. Montague Company, Inc., was acknowledged as "The Leading Stovehouse on the Pacific Coast," as noted in Hammonds Handy Atlas of the World. W.W. Montague Company was succeeded by Montague Range and Furnace Company, Ltd., in 1918.

Early in the 1920's Joseph M. Whalen was employed starting out as a sheet metal mechanic and later was made foreman. He acquired the company name and equipment in 1932 when the concern encountered financial difficulties in the depression era. In 1936 the company operations were split with partner Roy Shae taking on the furnace side of the business. Joseph Whalen retained the range business and moved to Mission Street in San Francisco where he began operating under the now known name of The Montague Company.

Today, as a family-owned, family-operated business, The Montague Company continues the proud tradition of using skilled techniques and fine craftsmanship, acquired by over 150 years of specialized manufacturing experience, to bring you the highest quality commercial cooking equipment. We offer the LEGEND series of heavy duty ranges, counter equipment, fryers, broilers, gourmet pizza ovens, Chinese ranges and EXCALIBUR custom island suites, TECHNOSTAR medium duty restaurant ranges and counter equipment and VECTAIRE high volume convection ovens. Being an independent family business enables us to take on a more personal approach to providing customized solutions for your cooking requirements.

The Montague Difference

To always put the interests of the customer first; to provide the services they want, and then find a way to manage our business efficiently. Knowing that our customers are the very reason our tradition continues, we listen. From listening to your needs and suggestions, while building long-term relationships, come many of our exclusive design features. We recognize that each customer's perception of quality and value is unique. Our challenge is to consistently exceed the individual expectations of today's "quality and value"… with World-Class Commercial Cooking Equipment and Service.

 

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Today we employ the proud old traditions in new ways: staying with the classic simplicity of design, and the timeless quality of gifted craftsmanship. Our company is solely committed to building QUALITY products that provide superior reliability over our competition. This commitment means that Montague will never compromise product quality or service for cost savings. It is for this reason we are proud of being "KNOWN BY THE COMPANY WE KEEP".

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