The Beginning

The 1930s saw the nation and the world weather one of the worst financial crises in history. Unemployment rates skyrocketed as businesses were forced to cut wages and labor force in order to survive the downturn. Every market was impacted from automotive to real estate. The banks were urged by the Hoover administration to join…

The War Era

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese conducted a surprise military strike against the US naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. President Roosevelt would declare it “a date which will live in infamy”, and the United States congress would declare war on Japan the day following the attack. Within just a few days, formal declarations of…

The 1940’s & 1950’s

With Axis forces surrendering in 1945, the company’s leadership felt that the WPB would soon grant permission to use the new facilities and begin manufacturing building products again. Coxe, who often wrote letters to the board members and many others, said in a letter, “If the circumstances in Europe are no worse by late February…

The 1960’s & 1970’s

The 1960s were a period of change for Alabama Metal Lath Company. Steel labor union strikes were a common occurrence, which resulted in both material supply issues and price instability. Tight supply meant prices often rose quickly and unpredictably. The company therefore would occasionally buy products from other companies just to fulfill customer orders. The…

The 1980’s & 1990’s

During the 1980s, AMICO continued to explore new options for product offerings, to forge new relationships in the markets, and to further develop the strong relationships with their current customer base. The year of 1982 saw the development and introduction of STAY-FORM, an American made product used in the concrete-forming industry. This was a desirable…

The New Millennium & Today

The turn of the millennium would bring many changes to AMICO as well. In 2003, the company consolidated its bar grating operations. They did this by combining the Liberty, MO production into the Bourbonnais, IL facility, and combining the Jackson, MS production into the Dayton, TX facility. This allowed better utilization of resources and improved…