Allen Industries Expands Business in Phoenix
November 4, 2013
Phoenix, AZ — Allen Industries, a fast-growing manufacturer of signage and architectural elements for retailers and chain restaurants through the U.S. and the world, is expanding its business in Phoenix and plans to add more jobs.
Allen Industries will host an open house for invited guests on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at its new facility at 5502 West Hadley Street in Phoenix. The company, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., purchased the former Law’s Sign Company three years ago and absorbed that company’s 10 employees. Limited by the building’s size, Allen purchased the Hadley Street building, which is three times larger, doubled its workforce, and moved the company into the new facility about three months ago.
Since its founding in High Point, N.C., in 1931, Allen Industries has benefited from the growth of some of its key customers, said Tom Allen, the company’s president. In the 1960s, the company partnered with Wilbur Hardee to provide signage for the first Hardee’s restaurant. Decades later, Allen now serves 3,000 Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. restaurants nationwide. Another client is Family Dollar, a partnership that has lasted 33 years.
The success of those two businesses during a sluggish economy helped Allen weather the recession, Allen said. “We have a good spread of accounts, and the fact that some of our clients actually flourish during a tough economy has helped.”
John Allen, executive vice president, said that as the economy continues to recover, “We see more and more opportunities in Phoenix – a tremendous amount of opportunity.” The Allens, who are brothers and are the third generation of Allens to run Allen Industries, said the company has grown “ten-fold” since they joined in 1989. Other clients include LongHorn Steakhouse, Dunkin’ Doughnuts, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Panda, and Lowe’s Home Improvement.
The company also has a strong track record of employee retention. About 100, or one third, of Allen Industries’ employees have been with the company at least 20 years. Tom Allen attributed the company’s long employee tenure to “hiring well” and its policy of continually re-investing in employee training and equipment. The excitement of seeing their handiwork realized in a very concrete way is also appealing to employees, John Allen said. “Our employees get very excited about the process. They see things start with a design, then go to manufacturing … and then they can see the fruits of their labor while they’re driving home from work. The signage business is always changing, and it is never boring.”
The life of a typical sign begins with a collection of raw materials such as aluminum, steel and plastic. Allen’s designers, who are some of the best in the industry, produce the designs that, once approved by the client, are built by fabricators, then painted, decorated and illuminated. A signage package for a restaurant or retailer can range from $10,000 to $100,000, depending on whether the business needs awnings, fascia and even high-rise signs that can be seen from a highway.