LIMA — Allen Ammond, 52, was just following the money when he came to to the Lima area to work at Dominion East Ohio Gas as manager of gas operations.
However, it has now become home.
“It is a very good atmosphere,” Ammond said of of the Lima area.
Allen and his wife, Michelle, have three children, Chase, 24; Adison, 15; and an adopted child from Haiti, Meline, who is 8. He said the family feels at home.
“You never can say never,” Ammond said. “It was the money that brought me here. It is probably the only thing that could get me to leave. It certainly wouldn’t be by choice.”
Ammond began working for the company 24 years ago and has slowly worked his way up from the bottom to his current position.
“I found it interesting doing it that way,” Ammond said. “I was able to see how things run at every level. Regrettably, I sit behind a desk now, and the waist line has grown a little.”
Ammond said Dominion has been a great company to work for. He came to the Lima area five years ago from West Virginia, where he had been working in a similar capacity for the company. He said the company’s primary goal is to make sure the gas supply gets from the main line to its customers.
“The thing I notice is the people I work with here all care about their customers,” Ammond said. “They are very good employees, and they are knowledgeable.”
Ammond said the Lima area includes 5 percent of all of the company’s customers.
Ammond is on the Salvation Army’s board of directors and also formerly served on the Lima Symphony Orchestra board. He is a Lima Rescue Mission volunteer and a member of the Rotary Club and Grace Community Church.
His hobbies include golfing and hunting. Ammond said he recently also started bow hunting.