20 years and 3 children later Southern Copper was born.
With three small children Allen and Debbie took a leap of faith and started their own business to be able to provide for their family. Southern Copper was incorporated on December 11, 1987. SCS opened its doors on January 4, 1988. They started very small. Southern Copper’s first office was in the Riha family’s laundry room and quickly expanded to include the kitchen.The need for more space became quickly apparent, when they rented a small 1800 square foot building. For most of the first year, Southern Copper operated with just 2 employees -Debbie ran the administrative side of the business, while Al did everything else. Before the end of the first year, Al and Debbie realized the need for an additional employee and hired a family friend, George.