President & Owner
Daniel Allford has been the President and Owner of ARC Specialties for over 33 years. Dan was an early adopter of industrial robotics and turned his passion into an internationally recognized automation company. Dan holds several patents in the field of welding automation. He has grown ARC Specialties from a one man operation into a 65 person team of engineers and craftsmen. With systems working around the globe, ARC is known for Plasma, TIG, MIG, SAW and Resistance welding systems. ARC Specialties was selected as one of the “Best Work Places in Houston” in 2012. Dan has degrees from the University of Houston and Texas State Technical Institute. He is a life member of the American Welding Society, as well as a member of Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Society for Metals and Houston Economics Club. Dan helps cultivate the next generation of engineers by mentoring USFirst High School robot teams, and has subsequently hired several engineers from the program. He also serves as guest speaker at the University of Texas, Texas A&M, LeTourneau University, Lone Star College, Houston Community College and professional society meetings around the country.