The Story of Altorfer Cat
Altorfer Contract Signing
Sales and Service Contract signing by
Ed Altorfer (left) and Caterpillar Manager
Kenny Ames (right), February 4th, 1957.

Altorfer Machinery Company was founded on February 4th, 1957 by the late Edward J. Altorfer. Ed had previously worked in the family washing machine business, called Altorfer Brothers Company, in East Peoria, IL.  He was introduced to the Caterpillar business by his good friend, Buck Swords, who at that time owned Peoria Tractor and Equipment Company, the Caterpillar dealer in Peoria.     

At its beginning, Altorfer Machinery Company had stores in Cedar Rapids, IA, Davenport, IA, and Hannibal, MO, and employed about 100 people.  Ed enjoyed this business very much, and in 1967 had the opportunity to expand into a second dealership which he called Capitol Machinery Company with stores in Springfield, IL and Champaign, IL. 

Ed had four sons, three of whom came into the business after college and several years of employment elsewhere. Bruce joined Altorfer in 1970, and Jim in 1971. Don joined Capitol in 1971. Richard preferred a career in the investment business and became a stock broker in Cedar Rapids.   

Altorfer Territory

The companies continued to grow as Altorfer Machinery acquired the Lift Truck business in 1973, and Capitol Machinery acquired Peoria Tractor and Equipment in 1986.  Both companies continued this growth through the late 1980's and 1990's, and on Jan. 1, 1998, they merged into one company, which was named Altorfer Inc.             

Ed certainly enjoyed seeing the growth and advancement that he, his family and his company experienced over the more than four decades of his involvement with Caterpillar.

In 2006, Bruce's son, Derek, also started working at Altorfer Inc., and in 2012, Derek was elected as executive vice president of the company.

The mission of Altorfer Inc. is to live and work by Ed’s motto: “Tell it like it is.”

Over 57 years of service!

It’s the only way to approach business when you represent a manufacturer whose name is synonymous with quality and integrity. Caterpillar is the world’s largest and most respected heavy equipment manufacturer, and we’re proud to carry the company’s full line of construction and mining equipment, work tools, truck engines, power systems and lift  

In addition to Cat® equipment, we are an authorized dealer for Taylor and Mitsubishi forklifts, JLG telehandlers, Lexion combines, Challenger tractors, AGCO Application Equipment, and Trail King trailers. We offer sales, rental, parts and expert service for all our equipment lines.

Who we serve—Locations and Industries
With 22 locations (listed below) in 17 cities and over 800 employees, we serve 88 counties across Eastern Iowa, Northern Missouri and Central Illinois. 

Bettendorf, IA
West Burlington, IA
Cedar Falls, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA (3 stores)
Davenport (2 stores)
West Branch, IA

Hannibal, MO
Moberly, MO

Bartonville, IL
Clinton, IL
Decatur, IL
Dix, IL
Dwight, IL
East Peoria, IL (3 stores)
Rock Falls, IL
Springfield, IL
Urbana, IL

Among the industries we serve are construction, agriculture, landscaping and trades, manufacturing, material handling, mining, government, trucking and power generation.

How we work — Our Mission
Through highly engaged employees, we fulfill the needs of our customers and partners with quality products, solutions, and support. We take a lot of pride in our organization and the products we offer, but ultimately, we exist to serve our customers. Every member of our team works together to meet all your equipment-related needs, taking a ‘can do’ attitude and seeing it through until it’s done. We stand by our products and workmanship, and above all else, we “tell it like it is”.

Our Values
• Safety
• Honesty
• Humility
• Integrity
• Teamwork
• Compassion