to produce machines for Europe and other export areas. FAMCO sales in that period grew to about 80% of the total Company business. The remaining 20% was divided between Precision Gauge Sales and job work. In the next decade, oil exploration increased and the demand for gauges become heavy enough that job work was phased out and the Company concentrated on only two products: Precision Gauges and FAMCO Sausage Linker. In the 1980s, the oil boom had begun to subside and competitive sausage linkers had appeared on the market, and in 1986, it became necessary for the first time to reduce the number of shop employees needed. In the 86 years that have elapsed since Charles Allen decided to start his company, many businesses, large and small in the Pittsburgh area have ceased to exist for one reason or another, but Allen Gauge & Tool Co. continues to operate. Business conditions are slow in 2000, but no worse than some of the other critical periods that the Company experienced in earlier years. Charles H. Allen, Jr. the current President of the Company is confident that Allen Gauge & Tool Co. will continue to flourish. It may be interesting to note that FAMCO has sold 4000 standard linking machines to date. Of this total 3,000 have been sold in the USA and Canada. Since 1975, 1000 have been sold in various countries such as Great Britain, France, Norway, Scotland, Finland, Japan, Taiwan, and the contininent of Australia.
are also proud to say that since 1982, we have sold over 500 MINI Machines.
Although these machines do not twist, (they pinch and cut), they have
complimented our overall sales program. At the present time, we have
an agent, Pemberton and Associates, Inc., representing us in Canada. We also have an
agent, Mr. Fergus Tobin, and Valentine Equipment Co. in Sacramento, California representing us in eleven of the Western States.
Our two salemen, Dick Carson and Bud Kelly, who have been with us since
the late 1950s, represent us in the remaining states. Mr. Pemberton
and Mr. Tobin have been with us since the early 1950s. Our goal today
is to expand our market, continue to produce a better product and keep
our prices reasonable.