Company History

Company History

Company History

Our History
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Len Hartley was always encouraged by his family to start his own business. He grew up watching and learning alongside his father, Joseph A. Hartley, Sr., who owned and managed small bottling plants in Greenville, Alabama.

With a $200 loan and a family history in the beverage industry, Len Hartley set out to open his own business manufacturing beverage concentrates and syrups. In 1964, H&H Products Company was founded, and the first location on Columbia Street in downtown Orlando opened for business. Seven years later in 1971, the company relocated within Orlando. The facility has grown, leadership roles have changed, but with Len’s son Morris Hartley leading our company, our passion for improving the foodservice industry remains.

1964
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Working together with his father, Joe Hartley, and encouraged by his family, Len Hartley started H&H Products Company and began making syrup out of his home in Orlando, Florida. Len was the third generation of his family to work in the beverage industry, a legacy which began with his grandfather in the early 1900s.

1965
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With business growing, H&H Products moved to a small facility just south of downtown Orlando.

1965
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With business growing, H&H Products moved to a small facility just south of downtown Orlando.

1971
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H&H Products moved to a new 5,000-square-foot facility in northwest Orlando, the location where the company still operates today.

1970s
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Len’s mother, Mary Alice Hartley, joined H&H Products to answer phones and handle orders. She was a great addition to the company as it gained valuable customers such as McDonald’s and the newly opened Walt Disney World. McDonald’s remained a customer for 21 years and Walt Disney World is still a customer today.

1970s
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Len’s mother, Mary Alice Hartley, joined H&H Products to answer phones and handle orders. She was a great addition to the company as it gained valuable customers such as McDonald’s and the newly opened Walt Disney World. McDonald’s remained a customer for 21 years and Walt Disney World is still a customer today.

1984
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Len Hartley’s son, Morris, began working for H&H Products part-time in many facets of the business during his high school and college years. After college, at the prompting of Len, Morris worked outside the company in preparation for his future roles within the business. In 1991, Morris rejoined Len in a full-time capacity with H&H Products. In 2001, Morris was named President of H&H Products.

2014
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H&H Products celebrated 50 years of excellence by bringing together past and present employees who made it all possible.

2014
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H&H Products celebrated 50 years of excellence by bringing together past and present employees who made it all possible.

2016
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Honoring Len Hartley’s wife, Betty Jean Hartley, H&H Products named a brand of premium beverages after her. As Len said, “She is much of the reason for the success of the company,” since in the early days she would often work by her husband’s side late into the night after teaching school during the day.

2017
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H&H Products aquired Florida Key West, a small producer of lemon and keylime juice as well as mixers. H&H Products updated the brand image and added it to their product lineup.

2017
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H&H Products aquired Florida Key West, a small producer of lemon and keylime juice as well as mixers. H&H Products updated the brand image and added it to their product lineup.

Today
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H&H Products Company serves its customers from an expanded facility of 41,000 square feet. The H&H Products team is one of the best in the industry.

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