Presto's founder, Joseph Kolf was born in Germany in
1898 and immigrated to the United States in 1927. He was a cabinet maker by trade and started Presto Frame
& Novelty Company in White Plains, NY in 1944.
Initially he utilized readily available domestic
mouldings for his clients. However
he found that the choices were limited.
He contacted old friends in Germany for more European styling and so
began Presto's quest for unique designs.
Local frame shops quickly became aware of these
specialty mouldings and contracted Joseph to supply their shops.
This served as the embryo for what Presto is today.
As demand from other shops increased, Presto shifted
away from retail and moved to a warehouse facility in Mamaroneck, NY.
In 1977 Joseph's son Reinhard entered the business with strong
experience in banking and a desire to learn about moulding distribution.
Through increased advertising, colour product
catalogues, a distribution network and continuous introduction of innovative
looks, Presto continued to grow and a move to a larger facility in Bethel,
CT was a necessity in 1984.
Presto Frame & Moulding, Inc. today is in it's
third generation with three of Reinhard's children, Peter, Koren, and Hilary
ensure an ever expanding network of distribution and a continuous legacy of
distinctive style and excellent quality.