About Us

We're Okay with Being Old School

We don’t sell do-dads, smartphones, or fancy coffee. We design, build, and maintain huge things made of steel that are meant to withstand massive burdens for decades.

The people who buy from us are experts in their fields. They’re not in the market for a song and dance. They need a partner who can get the thing done when it’s supposed to get done so they can keep moving.

We’re large and growing, but we’re doing so in a managed fashion, choosing experts over investors. We’ve spent over 100 years growing this family business in ways we hope earn us another 100.

We’re continually improving our people, products, and processes so we can handle the load, manage surprises, and ensure that our “yes” will always be “yes,” and our “no” will always be “no.”

Our Promise to Our Customers

We provide our customers unmatched lifetime value on every dollar they invest in our products, services, and expertise.

We do this by partnering with our customers to address complex and multi-vendor projects confidently, so they can take on greater challenges than ever before.

Our Values

As a family business, unencumbered by commitments to investors or any outsiders, we are free to always do what’s right and what builds the strongest long-term value for our clients, our people, and our community

We design, build, and service real things, with real implications to the world. That shapes what we value, what we think of a handshake, what we mean when we sign a contract, and who we choose to be in our community.

Our projects involve a very high level of integrity. This reality forces a seriousness of intention in our culture, and focuses us on strong processes, clear communication, and continually earning the trust of our peers and clients.

In an industry that expects expertise, we’ve continued 100 years of excellence. In a time when the world celebrates tools, we continue to celebrate craft and an honest day’s work. We’re proud of what we offer the world and of who we choose to be, not because we’re swimming against the stream, but because we’re swimming where the water is still deepest and most demanding

A Century of Service


100% Employee Owned

The Johnston family graciously created an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). This transferred ownership from the Johnston family to the employees of PTTG.

A Century and Counting

PTTG celebrated its 100th year in business and is positioned to continue to serve its community and its customers with excellence.

Ben Johnston Named President

After a lifetime in the business, learning every part and process of the business, Ben earns the reins from his father.

Transition of Leadership

At the age of 83, Mr. William Donald Johnston begins the transition of handing the reins to his son,
Ben. Don continues to work six days per week, is named Chairman of the Board and works closely
with Ben during the transition.

PTTG Holding Company is Formed

The three companies of Pittsburg Tank and Tower Company, Allstate Tower and Pittsburg Tank &
Tower Maintenance Company unite and adopt the “One Team, One Dream” motto.

Purchased 275,000 sq/ft Facility on 13 Acres

Allstate manufacturing relocates from Cairo, KY to Henderson, KY.

PTTM is Formed

With a primary focus on repair and maintenance work on existing tanks and towers.

Allstate Tower Launched

Offering full service and turnkey solutions to the communication industry.

Groundbreaking on New Tank Manufacturing Plant


PTTG Adds Manufacturing

The company begins manufacturing and constructing tanks, while maintaining its long history in tank maintenance.

Don Johnston Buys PTTG

After years of experience with coal processing, water tanks, steeples, and smokestacks, the fit is a natural.

John McClelland Dies

Management of the company passes to his wife, Donna McClelland.

Joseph McClelland Dies

Lost in a tragic truck accident in Franklin, MO. His death certificate lists his occupation as steeplejack.

Don Johnston's First Tank Climb

Don Johnston, aged 13, climbs his first elevated water tank as he helps his father move the tank from Nashville, TN to Edmonton, KY.

Second Generation, Second Pittsburg

Joseph’s son, Cloyce, takes over the company and moves it to Pittsburg, Kansas.


PTTG founded by Joseph Boyd McClelland in MO, focused on water tank and smokestack maintenance.

History of Our Safety Culture