Allmand Bros., a subsidiary of Briggs & Stratton Corp., and a long-time manufacturer of high-performance portable equipment, celebrated its 80th anniversary last month, including a visit from Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts.

Ricketts stopped by Allmand’s facility in Holdrege, Neb., to recognize the company’s contributions to the state’s economic development. “Allmand is a great success story,” said Ricketts. “After its core business experienced a downturn just a few short years ago, the company shifted focus to serve additional industry. It’s come back better than ever.”

“Allmand spent the past 80 years providing reliable, durable jobsite support equipment, which helped establish us as a leader in the industry,” said Ben Duke, vice president of jobsite and standby power at Briggs & Stratton. “We’re excited to continue to meet those needs while offering solutions to a broader market. We value integrity and are proud of our history of treating our customers and employees with respect, which is why our customers look to Allmand as a trusted partner.”

The company was founded in a garage in 1938 by brothers Leslie and Walter Allmand who had built their own arc welder. The company became a leading manufacturer of a wide range of equipment. It was acquired by Briggs & Stratton in 2014, and it continues to manufacture portable light towers, mobile industrial heaters, portable light stands, portable air compressors and mobile generators for the global construction, mining, oil and gas and rental markets.

“As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, we’re proud to look back on the robust products that brought us here,” said Duke. “As we look ahead to the next 80 years, we renew our commitment to driving the industry forward by continuously innovating and improving our products and processes.”