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Topeka Continues Commitment to Innovation

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The next big thing in innovation is coming to Topeka. Plug and Play, a globally recognized venture capital fund and corporate innovation platform, has picked Topeka as a location for their next accelerator program. As Plug and Play’s next startup accelerator city, Topeka will host upwards of 20 startup companies per year as each one goes through the 3-month startup accelerator program.

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Caring for Stainless Steel

Can stainless steel get stained? Unfortunately, yes. Can you do anything about that? Fortunately, yes.

At our shop, the world revolves around stainless steel. We cut it, bend it, weld it, roll it, so we’ve had a lot of experience with stains, scratches, and finishes. If it can happen, it probably happened here at Stevenson. The team works exclusively for industrial applications, but on the personal side, we are also the go-to experts for Aunt Petunia who left the cast iron pan in the sink on Mother’s Day, or Cousin Eddie who scratched his work surface with a beer cooler. Here are some expert tips we share with them:

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Stevenson Company Wins Innovation Award

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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.

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Spiral Chutes Shrink Your Footprint

Spiral Chute with Covers Prevent Allergen ContaminationSince its inception, the Spiral Chute has been a solution that customers were looking for. Our products are completely “green” in the environmental sense, starting with stainless steel that is sixty percent recycled content. Spiral Chutes have no moving parts, require zero lubrication, and are wholly recyclable. The real environmental impact is that they reduce thousands of pounds of waste by preserving product integrity and therefore avoiding landfill use.

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What a Value - Spiral Chutes Add to Your Bottom Line

Spiral with Candy CornStevenson Company is a finalist for the Small Business of the Year award, in part because of our innovative team. Our first spiral chute was installed at the local potato chip factory, who needed to eliminate product breakage. The Spiral Chute quickly paid for itself: Saving chips was saving money! Soon, every sister-plant wanted a full complement of spirals to gently and quickly move product while eliminating waste, increasing shelf appeal and boosting customer satisfaction. 

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Finalist for Small Business Awards - Stevenson's History of Innovation

Old ShopStevenson Company is a finalist for a Small Business Award, recognizing a solid history of creating innovative products. Russell Stevenson bought a small tin shop in 1952 and advertised in the local business directory: "Sheet Metal Work of All Kinds." The business was located in a former stable. Though our facilities have been updated tremendously since then, we have remained at the same location. We have expanded to a total of 15,500 square feet and armed ourselves with state-of-the-art metalworking equipment.

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Pennington certified with Preventive Controls Qualified Individual credentials

CaptureJoe Pennington, president of Stevenson Company Inc., has been certified with Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training to help customers train and comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirement. The training was provided by Fadi Aramouni at the Food Science Institute.

The Food Safety Modernization Act is the most extensive reform of food safety laws in the United States in more than 70 years. With the proactive goal to prevent food contamination, one key change included in the reform that applies to the majority of food processors is the need to have a food safety plan prepared and implemented by a PCQI.

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Inventor's Day

the old timers with Spiral ChuteWhat would life be like without electric heat and air conditioning? It’s the 21st century and things like refrigerators and telephones are considered basic everyday essentials. But once upon a time, these items didn’t exist. There was some crazy man who thought to himself, “Huh, what if I could make something that could let me talk to another person through cords?” What a lunatic.

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Buying Local Actually Saves Money

steve and mark in new officeWhen Stevenson Company, Inc. decided it was time to modernize their facilities, dedication to local sourcing was paramount. "We grew up in Topeka. Our innovative products ship worldwide, but it all started by working with local food plants, supplying high quality specialty fabrications," said Joe Pennington, president of the family business. "We wanted to extend that same loyalty to our community partners." Stevenson fabricates spiral chutes - think a spiral playground slide, only sized for chips or candy - for global leaders in the food production market.

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Stevenson Spirals Reduce Product Breakage

According to Fadi Aramouni, Professor of Food Science, you can significantly reduce loss inside your facility. Dr. Aramouni, along with McKenna Mills, food lab manager at Kansas State University, determined that the use of a Stevenson Spiral Chute can lower rates of breakage, rework, and waste.

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