Allgood Pest Control began in Dublin, Georgia, in 1974. What started as one man in a small town has grown to a company that spans two states, employs over a hundred professionals and protects thousands of families from pests.
The Early Days
Originally from Dublin, Jimmy Allgood returned to Laurens County after graduating from the University of Georgia. He was newly married and employed but always knew he wanted to go into business for himself. His hometown would prove ready for a new, independent pest control company. His uncle, R.L. “Red” Tindol, who had started a successful pest control company in the Atlanta area, provided the technical training, and with a local phone book as his prospect list, Jimmy launched Allgood Services, Inc. in March 1974. The company prospered in Dublin and eventually expanded to other towns in middle and south Georgia.
In the meantime, the Tindol’s pest control business continued to prosper, but in 1987 Tindol Pest Control sold to Waste Management, which eventually became Terminix. By 1991, the Tindols were dissatisfied with life at Terminix and ready to start another pest control company, but they needed a name. They approached Jimmy to be a partner and—leveraging the success of the Allgood brand—opened Allgood Services of Georgia, Inc. in Duluth. The original Dublin-based Allgood and new Duluth-based Allgood were completely independent companies providing pest control in different geographies.
An Updated Look for Two Companies
Jimmy’s son Lanny joined the original Allgood company in 2000 after graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law. Under his guidance, the two companies each transitioned to use the tradename Allgood Pest Solutions and introduced a new logo and brand image across both companies. The slogan, “When bugs are all gone, it’s Allgood” became synonymous with pest control throughout Georgia, and both companies enjoyed significant growth in their respective markets for the next two decades.
Sharing the Allgood Pest Solutions trade name made strategy and succession planning complex for the two independent companies. As the Tindol group approached retirement age, suitors in the pest control industry emerged interested in purchasing the business, which was predominately in the metro-Atlanta market. CEO Lanny Allgood opted to rebrand the original Allgood company as an opportunity to enter new markets and make way for the eventual sale of the Atlanta company to Rentokil-Steritec.
Allgood Renamed Cingo
The search for a new company name led to Cingo, which literally means to secure and surround, conveying the commitment to protect families from every single pest. Today Cingo operates in markets throughout Georgia and South Carolina. With offices located in Atlanta, Augusta, Charleston, Douglas, Dublin, Milledgeville, Savannah, Vidalia and Waycross, the company serves customers across the entire region.
- 1974 - Allgood Pest Control founded by Jimmy Allgood in Dublin, Georgia.
- 1977 - Allgood Pest Control was incorporated in Georgia as Allgood Services, Inc.
- 1991 - Jimmy Allgood partners with Tindol family to open Allgood Services of Georgia, Inc. in Duluth.
- 1995 - Company acquires South Georgia Pest & Termite from Glen Roswell and Whisk Exterminating from R.L. Peacock.
- 2000 - Son Lanny Allgood graduates from University of Georgia School of Law and joins company as COO and in-house legal counsel.
- 2001 - Allgood begins using trade name Allgood Pest Solutions and launches new brand identity, based on being “the good guys of pest control.”
- 2002 - Toole’s Exterminating in Vidalia, Georgia acquired from Larry & Sandra Toole
- 2006 - Expansion into Waycross and Savannah markets with acquisition of Southeastern Exterminating and Comet Pest Control from John & Ashley Keiffer
- 2007 - Acquisition of Bert Hall Pest Control begins Allgood’s presence in the Augusta area. Lanny Allgood assumes role as CEO.
- 2011 - Jimmy Allgood sells complete interest in Allgood Services, Inc. to Lanny Allgood
- 2012 - Georgia Trend Magazine names Allgood a “Best Place to Work” in Georgia.
- 2013 - Continued expansion in Augusta with purchase of James Aiken Pest Control and Eli’s Pest Control. Allgood enters Charleston, SC market with acquisition of Pied Piper from Jon Loveland followed by the addition of Precision Pest Management.
- 2014 - Operations in Augusta area double with purchase of Allstate Termite & Pest Control Company from retiring Pete Wilcox. Additional expansions via E-Con Exterminating, Ware County Critter Getter, Summerville Pest Control and Charleston Termite Company.
- 2016 - Allgood Services, Inc. rebrands as Cingo, allowing entry to the Atlanta market.
- 2017 - Cingo opens Sandy Springs office, honored as a Best and Brightest Place to work in Atlanta and later, in the nation.