Stevenson's signature spiral chutes have reached their newest level of recognition. This week, Stevenson Company was awarded the 2019 Innovation Award. This distinction, bestowed during the Small Business Awards ceremony in Topeka, recognized Stevenson's spiral chute as an outstanding innovation that contributed to the business community. The spiral was deemed to have a significant positive impact on the food processing industry.
The first spiral was installed at a local potato chip factory who needed to eliminate product breakage. Since then, every sister plant wanted a full compliment of spiral chutes to gently and quickly move product while eliminating waste, increasing shelf appeal and customer satisfaction. As engineers at the snack factory switched jobs, Stevenson's reputation spread by word-of-mouth. They now specialize in stainless steel spiral chutes for industrial settings. Its market value is proven by a simple arithmetic: the cost of a chute is less than that of broken product.
Since its inception, the spiral chute has helped eliminate thousands of pounds of waste, preserved and improved product integrity, and decreased landfill use. These factors and more contributed to the Stevenson Spiral Chute's newly-acquired honor as the most valuable innovation of 2019.