Allen Engineering Corporation (AEC) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. Started in January of 1964 by Dewayne and Mary Ann Allen, AEC has become a worldwide leader in the concrete industry - doing business with over 60 countries internationally. Based out of Paragould, AR, Allen sells equipment for every phase of construction. From compaction equipment to a laser-guided screed, AEC is a favorite among contractors and dealers all over the world as they continue to pave the way in the concrete business.
Allen Engineering began in 1964 when Dewayne Allen and a friend started a Redi-Mix Concrete company in Piggott, AR. The transition from Redi-Mix to concrete equipment began in 1969 when a pour in Paragould was in need of truss screed. Dewayne was one of the pioneers of truss screeds and it became what Allen was known for in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, AEC began designing, engineering, and manufacturing riding trowels for the concrete market. In the past 20 years, Allen has added a host of new products including hydraulic riding trowels, bridge deck finishers, and power buggies.
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 1960s 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.”
Allen Engineering has become one of the worldwide leaders in the designing, engineering, and manufacturing of concrete equipment. With new products coming out every year, the sky is the limit for Allen, but Dewayne wants to reach far beyond that, “What will concrete look like when we go to the moon or Mars? It’s going to happen someday.”
AEC will be introducing 19 new models of concrete and related equipment at the World of Concrete, the Rental Show, and ConExpo/ConAgg in the first quarter of 2014.