Founded in 1938 in a small garage in the tiny town of Huntley, NE, Allmand Bros. Inc., now under the third generation of Allmand family leadership, celebrates 75 years in the manufacturing business as it has grown to become the industry’s innovative leader in portable lighting, heating and traffic safety equipment.
In the midst of the Great Depression, and unable to afford a new arc welder for their repair shop, brothers Leslie and Walter Allmand built their own. It worked so well that their neighbors asked the brothers to build welders for them, and the business was born.
Fast-forward to 1954, when Allmand developed the "Contractor's Lantern," the industry's first portable light tower. Allmand continues this tradition of innovation. According to the company, it was the first to use 1,000-watt metal halide lighting in a light tower application, the first to use parallel lamp fixtures and the first to develop and use the high-efficiency SHO compact parallel lamp fixture. It was also the first to offer the LSC-100 light sequence control that allows unattended sequential start-up and shut-down of the light tower systems.
Today, Allmand offers the SHO-HD 1,250-watt engineered metal halide lighting system with 150,000 lumens per fixture. The SHO-HD system is standard on all domestic Night-Lite PRO II and Maxi-Lite models. Allmand also developed and introduced the V-Series light tower in North America. The six-section V-Series tower remains in the vertical position as it extends and retracts, and does not lay down across the top of the trailer nor extend past the rear of the trailer, making it safer and easier to move, and taking up less space in storage. The operator can raise or lower the tower in only 20 seconds with the flip of a switch, while remaining safely away from the moving parts of the mast.
Beyond lighting technology, the Allmand Maxi-Heat self-contained portable heater has been making worksites warmer since 1992 by providing over a million BTU/h of clean, breathable, heated air. Twin 16” outlets allow the use of up to 110 feet each of flexible ducting, while its increased fuel capacity now allows over 30 continuous hours of unattended operation.
Rounding out the current line-up is the Eclipse solar-assisted arrowboard trailer. High-efficiency LED lamps consume less power to allow the Eclipse to operate for as much as a year without needing to be recharged, while still meeting all Federal traffic control visibility standards.