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.
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.