Allgood Pest Solutions, which opened its doors in Dublin in 1974, is changing its name to Cingo.
"Changing the name is a big deal for all of us," said Lanny Allgood, the company's sole shareholder. "Yet over the past year, the anxiety of change has transformed into true excitement."
It's a natural step in the growth of the business, founded by Lanny Allgood's father Jimmy Allgood in 1974 in a small shop on Duncan Street. Since 1993, it has been one of two company's operating in Georgia under the Allgood name. While family connections link the two companies, they have always operated as separate organizations. That's confusing, especially now that the Duluth-based company is owned by Rentokil Initial, based in Camberley, United Kingdom.
Cingo remains headquartered in Dublin, with the same leadership team in place.
"We still have the small-town feeling of Dublin in our company," says Jonathan Powell, who grew up in Dublin and is now Cingo's general manager in Augusta. "We've grown from one man's dream to a company with more than 100 employees. We are exploding with opportunity, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."
Choosing a new name was no easy task. Lanny Allgood worked with a team of professionals to lead the company through the steps of changing a company name — brainstorming, researching, vetting legal issues, focus groups, creating the new logo and colors, engaging team members, and rolling out the new name to customers and the company's markets.
It's a process that took more than a year, and it led the company's leadership to the name Cingo. Why Cingo? It's a word that means to surround and secure, and that represents the foundation of the company's commitment to
"The name is so different — when you first say Cingo, people look at you a little weird," said Wendy Morgan,
Cingo now operates in Dublin, plus additional markets in middle Georgia, south
"I'm happy to call our CEO a friend," said Powell. "He's very approachable to everyone here at our company and in our communities."
Like many in the company, Powell's relationship
The family roots of the company extend back to the very idea of creating a pest control business in Dublin in the early 1970s. Founder Jimmy Allgood tells the story of quitting his job as a cabinet salesman to launch a new company. In 2000, after graduating from law school, Lanny Allgood joined his dad. In 2012, Lanny Allgood, purchased the company, becoming CEO and sole shareholder.
"We took a start-up in Dublin and made it a true voice in the pest control business," said Jimmy Allgood.
As the company has grown, so has the opportunity to bring executive-level jobs to Dublin. Among the nearly 100 jobs
The company has also created customer-care center based in
"It's a company that believes in building the community," said Rep. Matt Hatchett, R-Dublin. "We've seen that here in Dublin since the company was founded, and that value has continued as the company has grown."
Growth has been a constant for the company, and that translates into opportunity for the entire Cingo team, said Hunter Beall,
"We let people grow into what they want to become, and that's not how it is at many companies," said Beall, a Laurens County native. "There's a lot of
With the transition to Cingo comes a home-centered approach to pest control that creates another distinction for the company in the industry — a promise to take care of a family's home by handling every single pest for one fee. Virtually everything the company does is designed to make a home secure from pests, and homeowners secure with Cingo.
"We trust Cingo," says Rachel Smith of Dublin. "The company fits us, and we like that we know the person that comes to our home. He is careful around our home and our kids."
"Our world extends far beyond the walls of this building," says Cingo CFO Travis Craft, referring to the company's historic building on Roosevelt Street. "We live here, raise our families here, and attend church here. Dublin matters to us."
In the coming months, Dublin residents will see the Cingo brand emerge as the new logo begins to
"Everyone here has always treated the Allgood name with the same respect they treat their own name," said Lanny Allgood. "With Cingo, we've given our team their own company name. It's an exciting time for our company and our community."
A version of this story originally appeared in The Courier Herald on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
About Cingo: The name Cingo means to surround and secure, conveying the company's commitment to home protection. The company has been protecting families in the Southeast since 1974. It provides home protection services throughout Georgia and South Carolina, including Atlanta, Augusta, Charleston, Douglas, Dublin, Milledgeville, Savannah, Vidalia, Waycross and all points in between. Cingo was named a Best Place to Work in Georgia by Georgia Trend Magazine and listed as a National Best & Brightest Company to Work For. Learn more at www.cingohome.com.