Allan Engineering was founded in 1925 and was started by a man named William Allen. The original company sold and serviced water/wastewater treatment equipment. In 1969 the Instrumentation and Controls group was formed with the help of a former partner, Dennis Rintelman. Ted Zess joined Allan Engineering upon graduation from Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). Ted became one of 4 partners in 1992. In 2004, he split the Instrumentation and Controls group from Allan Engineering Co. and formed a new company, Allan Integrated Control Systems, Inc. (or Allan ICS), as we are known today. Ann Zess entered the business as the president of the company in September 2004. Her strong background in business management allowed Ted to focus on leading the engineering team as the vice president and lead engineer. Allan Integrated Controls Systems, Inc. then became a Woman Owned Small Business.
Allan ICS originally located in New Berlin, moved in 2007 to Ann and Ted Zess’ home town of East Troy. This move allowed the company to expand into a much larger location to better meet customer’s needs. The 5200 square foot facility was the former Equity Coop Feed Mill, and was extensively remodeled and expanded upon to include shop space for assembly and testing and a large room wired for systems set-up and training. Allan ICS also
opened a satellite location in Chicago for the convenience of employees doing extended work in the greater Chicago-land area.
In 2016 Allan ICS expanded again, adding employees, additional building space, and added a new division to the company. The building expansion added an additional 5,000 square feet of shop space and remodeled 1,500 square feet of existing space, adding additional offices and a large conference room. These remodeling changes were necessary to accommodate the new employees, and expansion of the business. The new division of Allan ICS focus on factory automation, automated machine assemblies, and automation consulting.
Because Ted and Ann live and work in the same community, they are very involved in serving East Troy. Ted is the East Troy Community School District Board President and has been a proponent in technology in the school including adding Smart Labs in the elementary and middle school grades, and a Fabrication Laboratory in the East Troy High School. Allan ICS donated $50,000 for a 6 axis Fanuc robot, along with other technology, in 2016 which will provide students the opportunity to get credit for learning how to program an industrial robot. Ted is also the president of the East Troy All Sports Booster Club at the High School, putting in many volunteer hours staffing the concession stand and raising money for the sports programs. Ted is a member of our East Troy Community Development Alliance networking with other business owner and helping new or existing businesses in the community. Ann is on the Village of East Troy Board, as well as the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as the Treasurer, she chairs the East Troy Airport Advisory Committee and sits on the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank, a large community bank heavily involved in the East Troy area as well as other areas in SE Wisconsin.
Allan ICS hosted and was a sponsor of the Patronum Bots FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team for the years 2012, 2013, and 2014. The team won multiple State and National awards through FIRST over these years. We are excited that the team is starting again in 2016 here at Allan ICS.
Ted and Ann have been recognized for their commitment to the community and the work they do and were chosen as the Small Business of the Year by the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance in 2013 for performance and growth, innovation and creativity, competitiveness and community involvement. In 2016 Allan ICS was chosen as the Business of the Year for the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce for their time and commitment to the community as well as for their countless hours working at community events.
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