Nov. 22, 2020
J. Dewayne Allen, 82, of Paragould, Ark., died Nov. 15, 2020. He was the CEO and chairman of Allen Engineering Corp. (AEC).
In 1964, Allen started Allen-Hardin — a ready-mix concrete operation in his hometown of Piggott, Ark. — with his wife, Mary Ann. The company grew and changed over the years to eventually become Allen Engineering Corp. after operating numerous plants in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.
In 1977, Allen designed, engineered and manufactured his first piece of concrete equipment — the Allen, Razorback Truss Screed. Under his direction, AEC grew and developed a full line of concrete equipment ranging from walk-behind trowels to ride-on power trowels to triple tube roller pavers.
He is named as an inventor in more than 100 patents for concrete finishing and placing equipment.
Allen is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; sons, Jay (Lesle) and John; seven grandchildren; brother, Charles Allen; and sister, Maggie Camden.
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