Allen Engineering Corporation Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Tue May 20, 2014 - Northeast Edition
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Scott Sugg (L) and Jay Allen (R) provide a personal tour of the Allen Engineering manufacturing plant in Paragould, Ark., for one of their special guests, U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford of Arkansas’s First District.
Scott Sugg (L) and Jay Allen (R) provide a personal tour of the Allen Engineering manufacturing plant in Paragould, Ark., for one of their special guests, U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford of Arkansas’s First District.
Scott Sugg (L) and Jay Allen (R) provide a personal tour of the Allen Engineering manufacturing plant in Paragould, Ark., for one of their special guests, U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford of Arkansas’s First District. Jay Allen spoke praises and applauded all of the hard work, dedication and longevity of service of the entire Allen Engineering staff. Founders Dewayne and Mary Ann Allen kept things lively during the speeches and gave a riveting review of their 50 years since founding Allen Engineering. (L-R): Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater, Milwaukee, Wis., traveled to Arkansas to join Dewayne and Mary Ann Allen in celebrating 50 years of manufacturing. Allen Engineering’s Lesle Allen (C) was able to celebrate the event with her dad, Martin Chandler (L) and mom, Georgia State Rep. Joyce Chandler, who journeyed from Lawrenceville, Ga. Young and old, all three generations of Allen Engineering were at the 50th anniversary celebration. As the anniversary event concluded, it was back to business as usual manufacturing Allen products for the world-wide marketplace. Owners and representatives of Star Equipment, one of Allen Engineering’s very first established distributors, trekked from Iowa to be at the celebration event and included (L-R): Mitch McDonough, Max Bowman, Bev Bowman and Brad Bowman. U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford (C) hops on an Allen riding trowel and is flanked by Scott Sugg (L) and Jay Allen for a photo shoot with the local and national press. (L-R): Daniel Allen, third generation, Allen Engineering, has a spirited Q & A session with his company’s legal advisors Tommy Womack and Roger McNeil of Womack, Phelps, McNeill, Jonesboro, Ark. Dignitaries from across the region were in attendance including (L-R) Arkansas Speaker of The House Davy Carter, who joined Allen Engineering owners Dewayne Allen and Jay Allen for a brief photo op. Allen Engineering President Jay Allen (L) extends a warm welcome to Arkansas State Senator Robert Thompson as he arrives at the event. Allen Engineering’s Jayson Mirafuentes (L), supply chain manager, and Margarita Gonzalez, senior buyer-purchasing division, greet and register guests for the event. Concrete product manufacturing industry veteran Roger Euliss, director of sales and marketing of Allen Engineering addresses the crowd. Leading a tour of distinguished guests and discussing the company’s overall “lean manufacturing” initiatives is Natasha Glenn (C), Allen Engineering’s manufacturing manager.

Allen Engineering Corporation celebrated its 50th anniversary with a huge open house and luncheon at its Paragould, Ark., manufacturing facility on April 24. Founders Dewayne and Mary Ann Allen hosted more than 300 guests at the event, many of whom have played a big role over the years in the success of the company.

Political dignitaries from the state of Arkansas and other dignitaries from across the country made their way to the quaint city of Paragould to celebrate 50 successful years of business.

After lunch, Jay Allen, Allen Engineering Corporation president, addressed attendees. “Today we are celebrating a unique dream; the dream to start a company from nothing and to grow it into an enterprise that makes a difference in people’s lives around the world. That dream, and this business started in a small rural town in Arkansas and has spread to over 60 countries. You are witnessing the fulfilment of that dream from Dewayne and his wife Mary Ann.”

Dewayne echoed the thanks to the people in the room. “It’s been a good run. Anyone in this room has the same opportunity we had, if you want to take the chance. But if you do, you need to have a burning desire in your belly before you start. If you don’t have that, don’t worry about it, it won’t work.”

A couple special tokens of appreciation from the employees were presented to Mary Ann and Dewayne Allen and vendors provided door prizes that went home with a few lucky attendees.

Allen Engineering manufactures a wide variety of concrete equipment ranging from hand tools, to finishing tools, to concrete pavers. For more information, visit www.alleneng.com.