Visitors to the News section of the Web site of Al-jon Inc. in early 2007 found only one event publicized — a photo essay of the company’s nine-month-long plant expansion project. The series of photos tells customers almost all they need to know about where the company’s focus has been this decade. Al-jon CEO Kendig Kneen has made strategic moves in terms of financing, market position and physical expansion to ensure that Al-jon has been ready to supply the booming global scrap industry with the equipment it needs to get the job done.
The moves made this decade supply the latest chapter of a story that dates back to 1963, when Jon Kneen and Allen Sharp were asked to build a “car masher” by a prospective customer. The product revolutionized the family business known as Al-jon, which had previously built steel conveyors and containers. Since that time, Al-jon has focused on meeting customer expectations and has boiled its manufacturing philosophy down to the phrase, “Keeping It Simple…Building It Strong.”