The name “Allen” resonates throughout the concrete industry in a way that few do. Quality engineering, quality manufacturing and quality equipment has built up the company—located in a small town in northeast Arkansas—to compete with the biggest names in concrete. Founded in 1964, by Dewayne and Mary Ann Allen—Allen Engineering continues to be a favorite among contractors and dealers across the globe.
Allen Engineering Corp. (AEC) began in 1964, when Dewayne Allen and a friend started a Redi-Mix Concrete company in Piggott, Ark. The transition from Redi-Mix to concrete equipment began in 1969, when a new factory pour in Paragould was in need of truss screed. Little did the Allens’ know, this piece of equipment would transform the concrete equipment industry as well as their own budding business. “I thought it (the business) was just a side investment in Dewayne’s hometown.” Mary Ann told us.
Dewayne was one of the pioneers of truss screed, and it became the staple for AEC in the 1970’s. From there, the Allen line of concrete equipment continued to grow. In the late 1980’s, AEC began designing, engineering and manufacturing riding trowels for the concrete market. To date, AEC over the years, has sold thousands of trowels around the World!
In the past 20 years, AEC has added a host of new products including hydraulic riding trowels, bridge deck finishers, and power buggies. This year, Allen unveiled 19 new models of products including a new line of compaction equipment and mixers. In the 50 years since he started the business, Dewayne is impressed with how the industry has changed. “We’ve seen the concrete pouring business go from a non-professional approach in the 1960’s to where it’s very much professional with high standards in quality and flatness today,” he said. “It’s been a very nice journey to see all of this.”
Now celebrating 50 years as a company, seeing where Allen Engineering has come is stunning when you look at where they started. “Manufacturing was fun back in the early years,” Mary Ann told us. “We’d make the product, put it in a truck, drive somewhere to demo it, make the sale, get a dealer, and we wouldn't come back until we had the money in our hands.”
AEC now has a team of more than 120 employees including Dewayne and Mary Ann’s son, Jay, serving as company president. They do business in more than 60 countries and all 50 USA states, and their headquarters and factory are still in Paragould, Arkansas. As sales continue to grow, they remain a rarity—a family-owned, American-made business, with the hope that it continues to remain a family-owned business. “I’d like to see the third generation in place,” Mary Ann says. “I hope, if they want to be involved, they can be.”