The Alabama Technology Network and the Business Council of Alabama will name the winner of the award, which honors the state’s leading manufacturers’ accomplishments, on April 12 during the 2016 Alabama Manufacturer of the Year Awards luncheon at the Activity Center in Montgomery, Alabama.

“Our employees take a tremendous amount of pride in what we do here. I’m proud of them, and this is quite an honor for us,” said Jim Farrell, Blastcrete CEO. “We’re a family-owned business, and unique in that we design and manufacture our products in-house. Our 20 employees accomplish the same things as a larger company, only on a smaller scale. That gives us the ability to not only produce great equipment but to back it up with personal customer service.”

Jim Douglas founded Blastcrete in 1950 in Los Angeles as a manufacturer of single- and double-chamber gunite machines. Farrell purchased Blastcrete in 1983 and relocated the business to Anniston. The company continues to grow as it designs and manufactures new products.