Allen color craft 60 years promotional products open house celebration
An open house celebration will be held at company headquarters on September 26.

The Allen Company Celebrates 60 Years with Open House

The Allen Company celebrates 60 years in the promotional products industry this year. An open house celebration will be held on Thursday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at company headquarters at 712 East Main Street, Blanchester, Ohio.

Since its beginning in 1959, the Ohio-based company has been family owned and operated. It began under the current president Stan Dohan’s great uncle William Allen and his righthand person, vice president Jack Acton in 1959. Allen Dohan joined in 1973 and became president in 1977 until his son, Stan Dohan, took his place as president in 2014. 

Throughout the decades, the company has experienced many changes. The Allen family started out offering glassware relating to retail business in the ‘60s, developed different mug styles throughout the ‘80s, expanded its promotional business in the ‘90s, and was the first company to develop and introduce stainless-steel and travel “On the Go” products in the early 2000s, according to Dohan. Dohan adds that at its high-water mark, the company had 138 employees.

“60 years, or our ‘diamond’ anniversary, means that we can reflect on six decades that make up our story; the successes, the critical crossroads, and really celebrate all the people, the employees, professional and vendor partners, and customers whom have made it all happen,” says Dohan.

The company invites employees, local and county regional community officials, retired employees, regional reps, professional and vendor partners, along with family and friends to celebrate. Dohan expects around 50-60 people plus employees to attend the open house.

Attendees of the open house can expect door prizes, building tours, and exhibits of the past and present. Food and light refreshments will be served. 

To RSVP, email by September 23 at noon (EST). 

“We will continue to introduce innovative items and decorating ideas as we look forward to the next 60 years,” Dohan concludes. 

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