BUCKHANNON — On March 21, the region’s leading “one stop shop” for construction services and aggregate supply celebrated their remarkable 75th anniversary in business. A company rich in history, J.F. Allen was founded in 1946 following World War II by Colonel James F. Allen and wife Sara, and it has remained family owned.
J.F. Allen Co. has since been part of many major construction projects in the area, including the building of several miles of the Corridor H Highway. In 2012, they were award the remaining 9.9 miles of the Corridor H project, estimating $55 million, in addition to the $50 million contract in 2006 for the initial construction.
Vice President of J.F. Allen, Bryan Leatherman told The Record Delta, “J.F. Allen is the oldest contractor in the state of West Virginia and has supplied limestone aggregates, asphalt and concrete to the area for over 40 years.” Leatherman has personally been with the company for 20 years.
In 1981, J.F. Allen opened its Buckhannon asphalt plant to meet the demand for asphalt paving products in Central West Virginia. Growing to one of the largest employers in the area, J.F. Allen now has over 250 employees. According to Leatherman, “J.F. Allen will continue to be a leader in the heavy highway construction and limestone supply industry for many years to come. JFA is a family-owned company and will continue to be a family-owned company.”
It all reportedly started with the purchase of two military surplus bulldozers. “The company first strip-mined coal until it had enough working capital to bid on highway contracts. In 1974, John C. Allen succeeded his father as President of J. F. Allen Company, leading the company’s continued growth into the asphalt and limestone business,” Leatherman explained. Following family tradition, John C. Allen, Jr. currently serves as CEO of J. F. Allen Company.
Since 1946, J.F. Allen has been responsible for many major construction projects across the state and surrounding regions. In 1983, along with joint venture partner Wiley N. Jackson Company, J.F. Allen began construction of the Stonewall Jackson Dam for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Following the successful completion of the project, J.F. Allen was recognized by Engineering News Record as one of the “Top 100 Contractors” in North America. In 2020 alone, the company received four ABC Excellence in Construction awards, a Certificate of Achievement in Safety Large Quarry, and a Certificate of Achievement in Safety Large Metal Nonmetal Mill Group.
J.F. Allen specializes in all types of road and infrastructure projects throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, and the company currently has two Limestone Quarries and three Asphalt Plants locally.
For more information on J.F. Allen, visit their website at http://www.jfallenco.com/.