William “Bill” Almquist and William “Billy” Coe, were lifelong friends and co-founders of Almcoe Refrigeration Company. After returning from fighting in WWII, Bill and Billy went to work for the Joe Hoppe Company, a local Frigidaire dealer. After 10 years, they decided it was time to make their mark on the refrigeration industry, and on April 25, 1960, Almcoe Refrigeration Company was born. Their first customers included A&P, Winn Dixie, and Safeway.
Bill H. Almquist, the third “Bill” in this story, worked at Almcoe throughout his life doing various jobs. He went off to college at Dallas Baptist University and received a degree in music. It was not until after he returned from college that he realized he wanted to put aside his career in music and focus on a career in the refrigeration industry. He joined Almcoe fulltime in 1976. He worked his way up, and in 1982 he took over as installation manager. In 1989 Bill Almquist purchased the company and he has been the President and owner since this time.
The current home office of Almcoe is in Dallas, Texas. The business is still operated out of the building where Almcoe was first started, though, in 2011; they remodeled and renovated the space. Almcoe also has offices in Tyler, Lufkin, and Austin, Texas. Our territory covers a five-state area.
An Essential Resource
We set ourselves apart from the competition by delivering superior service.
- We have, and always will have, strong owner involvement.
- Our management, installation and service teams have a depth of resources and tremendous talent.
- There is substantial manufacturer representation.
Our diverse and talented team has joined its many years of experience and expertise to become an ESSENTIAL RESOURCE for all of our customers.
Why Use Us & Who We Serve
When customers like Whole Foods, Brookshire’s, and Elrod’s Cost Plus were searching for a refrigeration contractor they looked for a company that showed consistency and exceptional customer service. They wanted a company that knew the inside and out of the way they ran their store and that could adapt to their environment. They looked for a company that took the time to train their technicians at all levels so to ensure they housed the best of the best when it came to technical ability. What they found was all of these things and more with Almcoe.
At Almcoe, we strive to treat each customer as an individual. We know that, like us, you run your business differently than your competitors and we take pride in being your ESSENTIAL RESOURCES when it comes to your commercial refrigeration needs.