Like the great state of Arizona, Arid State Enterprises INC.
was founded with an entrepreneurial spirit. It was economic hardship and a
drive for innovation that lead Roy Dean, a young man with a welding business to
found ASE in 1954.
A man noted for integrity, a tremendous work ethic and a knack for fixing the
impossible- Roy was approached in his mechanic shop one hot August day with the
proposition to move a barn (several miles from its original location). With
determination, his wrecker, and two power poles the move was a success, and word of Roy's work soon brought business in from around the state. Though brutal restrictions on structural moving in the state
of Arizona threatened to put Roy and business under, once again Roy's drive to
persevere paid off. In 1956 he acquired Hugh Hager House Movers in
Tucson (the first of several positive acquisitions). This allowed the company
to operate statewide, and as it stands there is hardly a place in Arizona untouched
by Roy’s crew. The business grew and by 1970, ASE had four crews and 21 trucks; averagingfive large structure and house moves a week for a whopping three year
Joined by his sons Roy Dean Jr. (current President of ASE
INC.) and Todd Dean (standing Vice President), and grandson's Wyatt and Seth,
the legacy lives on to the third generation. Arid State Enterprises continues
under the same motto that Roy Sr. penned from its beginning; “When
the job is done, we not only have a new customer; we’ve made a new friend”. In
an evolving culture, honest work and the word-of-mouth it generates continues
to fuel Roy Dean’s business into the future of agricultural machinery,
construction, structural moving, and engineering.
“Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to
do some impressive and unique jobs, but most of all we’ve met a lot of good
people.” Roy Dean Jr., President of Arid State Enterprises, Inc.
It all started with a task that appeared too great to some, it's the hard work and ingenuity that got the job done. Those traits have been unwaivering in the 60+ year history of ASE. Opportunity has
given ASE some unique experiences; moving houses and structures of all shapes and sizes,
cabins, jet hangers, churches, barns, tanks, heavy equipment, countless historical buildings, and
many more. Click here to see just a few of ASE’s projects.