ALLCO, Building the Future Through Diversity

Allco Construction is all about designing and building things that will last a lifetime. They are an established and diverse firm with experience where it counts. Since its inception in 1985, Allco has constantly worked toward perfection in the various fields of construction. Experts in many facets of construction, Allco brings hundreds of years in combined experience to each project.

For more than 28 years, Gene Allen and Tom Harrison have worked tirelessly to build Allco into a highly diversified and innovative management and construction business. Today, the company is stronger than ever with over 700 projects to its credit utilizing design-build, construction management and traditional delivery methods.

 

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Allco’s Success:

Skilled Workforce – With over 275 employees with firsthand knowledge ofmany trades, Allco can more accurately budget, control project costs and maintain schedules. Experience is the key and Allco has assembled a professional staff that cumulatively brings hundreds of years of experience to your construction project. Having built projects that range from hospitals and schools to bridges and treatment plants, Allco’s staff is one of the best in the state.Financial Stability – Allco has access to enough working capital and credit lines to ensure financial stability in any working situation.

Security – Lines of surety to cover up to $200 million dollars in projects are maintained with Travelers Casualty and Surety giving you peace of mind and assurance.

Managed Risks – Risks undertaken during the course of work is covered through substantial lines of insurance as required by project owners.

Experienced Staff – Allco has assembled a professional staff that cumulatively brings hundreds of years of experience to work on construction projects in many facets of the industry. The Design- Build approach allows more owner input, saves money, increases accountability, and delivers projects within time and budget constraints. Construction input is crucial during the planning and design phase of a project in eliminating the need to make costly changes to designs during construction. When construction expertise is combined with design talent, costly mistakes are avoided resulting in an eye-catching, useful and efficient product.

Allco has expertise in four main areas of construction.

Commercial

Commercial Building and Construction Management

Allco is a leader in Commercial Building and Construction Management. Services include:

• Earthwork
• Site Drainage and Utilities
• Concrete Foundations
• Concrete Paving and Walks
• Asphalt Base Preparation
• Concrete Tilt Panels
• Pre-cast Detention Cells
• Steel and Panel Erection
• Rough and Finish Carpentry

  

Utilities

Utility and Public Works

Government counts on Allco for efficient, professional and cost effective solutions in public works construction. Services include:

• Earthwork
• Concrete Foundations
• Concrete Structures
• Steel Erections
• Treatment Equipment Installation
• Painting & Coatings
• Site Drainage
• Piping
• Water Lines
• Sewer Lines
• Storm Drains
• Rehabilitation of Sanitary and Storm Sewers
• Lift Stations
• Heavy

From Major highways to drainage and street improvements, Allco gets the job done on time and on budget.

Services include:
• Earthwork
• Site Clearing
• Drainage Work
• Utility Work
• Roads
• Bridges
• Wetlands & Ponds
• Development

Development

Allco brings skills from all of its work areas together to provide excellent solutions for developers that are both attractive and economical. Services include:

• Earthwork
• Concrete Foundations
• Site Drainage
• Piping
• Water Lines
• Sewer Lines
• Storm Drains
• Roads
• Bridges
• Wetlands & Ponds

Mr. Thomas Harrison is one of the founders and currently serves as the CEO of Allco, LLC. Prior to founding Allco, LLC in 1984, Mr. Harrison served as the Chief Financial Business Manager of Bella Company of Beaumont, Texas.

As a founding partner, Mr. Harrison’s leadership and construction experience has lead to Allco being listed in the Top 100Contractors in the State of Texas for the past twelve years. He has administered construction contracts in excess of $1.2 billion during his ownership of Allco.

Community Service

• Advisor to Construction Management Program for Lamar University

• Participate in Texas Historically under utilitzed Businesses Mentoring Program

• Supporter and member of numerous local and statewide charitable organizations

   

 

d-mars.com had the opportunity to ask Mr. Tom Harrison, President of Allco some questions about his role at the company and its history. Here are his responses:

JENKINS: What is your personal “why” for becoming an entrepreneur?

HARRISON: Becoming an entrepreneur was the aspect of taking advantage of a situation that presented itself. Opportunities of owning your own business come very seldom in one’s life. In 1984, the company I worked for was closing due to the untimely passing of the Managing Partner. It was at that time I decided to begin my own construction company. Managing your own business is very rewarding but comes with the responsibility of providing a future for all those you employ.

JENKINS: Is Allco a family business?

HARRISON: Allco was formed in 1984 and opened for business in 1985. Allco has always been a family business. The term family also applies to our staff. It is only through everyone’s hard work that our company has been able to prosper.

JENKINS: How did you come up with the name for your company?

HARRISON: Allco was began as a company that would work for the benefit of all our employees. Therefore, the name Allco was derived.

JENKINS: What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs who are entering the construction business?

HARRISON: The success of any business is to have a very talented staff of people to surround yourself with. Competent and hardworking employees are the key for any business to prosper. Beside the proper personnel, a business requires your total dedication. Dedication, hard work and personnel are requirements for any aspiring entrepreneur.

JENKINS: What lessons have you learned that have influenced the way you do business locally, regionally, nationally?

HARRISON: In business, you learn lessons daily. The industry of construction is an ever changing world. Adapting to changes and diversification of business operations are the key lessons all must learn to keep a business moving forward.

JENKINS: From your perspective, what does the future of construction look like for the small business owner in Texas?

HARRISON: The construction industry is a very competitive marketplace. Texas is the best market in the nation for growth and the future seems bright. For the small business owner to survive in any market, he must manage his assets better and more effectively if he is to succeed. There is very little room for errors in our industry. Any major conflict can result in devastating circumstances for any small business. If management is responsible and dedicated to the success of their business, then the huge marketplace in Texas can be just what is needed to make their business prosper.

JENKINS: What training do you recommend for entrepreneurs interested in construction?

HARRISON: The best training for anyone is hands on experience. Knowing your market and industry are the best assets anyone can have when working in a challenging industry such as construction

JENKINS: How has networking helped you build your business? 

HARRISON: Networking is essential for the growth of any business. Knowing people and having connectivity in the appropriate places can be beneficial for businesses.

JENKINS: What is your company’s policy on supplier diversity? 

HARRISON: Allco is a large supporter of businesses with diversity. All supplier/ subcontractors that have the ability to perform contract requirements with proper quality controls will be considered for award of contracts. Allco uses the Mentor/Protégé Program to bring diversity into our projects. With this program, we can teach and guide diverse contractors so they themselves can build and manage large construction projects.

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