The Allison family from the small East Tennessee town of Louisville has been in the boat business for generations. Family members spend a lot of time building and testing the boats they sell. But one of the business's most interesting discoveries happened by accident.
One day Paul Allison, founder of Allison Boats, was working on a new boat hull when he banged the boat's propeller on some concrete, bending the blades into a curved shape. After doing some testing, Allison discovered that the curved propeller actually made the boat go faster.
"What happened was quite by accident, but (curved propellers) are found in almost all boats today," said Nancy Allison, Paul's daughter-in-law. "The curl of the blade gives you a better bite in the water. The curled blades hug the water more and give you more propulsion."
Allison Boats, Inc. is one of the businesses featured in this month's Tennessee Business Spotlight, a regular feature found on the Secretary of State's web page. Tennessee Business Spotlight showcases some of the state's businesses that create jobs, produce quality products and give back to their local communities.This month's theme is "Summertime in Tennessee."
"There are so many great places to have fun in Tennessee in the summer," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "I applaud all of the businesses that make it possible for Tennessee families to enjoy being outdoors. Not only are they making a lot of people happy, but they're also putting money into our economy that benefits all Tennesseans."
In addition to Allison Boats, this month's featured companies are:
People visiting the Tennessee Business Spotlight web page can learn about the selected companies' goods and services, operations, employment figures, photos and links to web and social media sites that can provide additional information. To visit Tennessee Business Spotlight, go to www.spotlight.tnsos.net.
To nominate a company to be recognized in Tennessee Business Spotlight, please visit the web page and click the "Submit a Business" link or call (615) 253-8800.