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Joe Pennington Accepted Into Leadership Kansas

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Stevenson Company is proud to announce that its very own president, Joe Pennington, has been accepted into the Leadership Kansas class of 2020. Pennington is one of forty individuals who were chosen out of more than 600 nominations this year.

Leadership Kansas is one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership programs in the country.

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Joe Friday - Solar Flair Sculpture

Here at Stevenson, we love any opportunity to improve our community. With the help of a retired mathemetician and another great local company, an exquisite piece of metal art was added to downtown Topeka. Watch the video to see the assembly and installation process. 


Santa Got a Brand New Slide, Courtesy of Stevenson Company

chute your eye outWhen it comes to handling precious cargo, Santa knows where to go. The crew at Stevenson Company’s workshop came up with a handy slide for the North Pole as featured in a production of “A Christmas Story the Musical” at Topeka Civic Theatre. In the classic production, grumpy Santa kicks little Ralphie down the slide at Higbee’s department store. The directors at America’s longest running dinner theater called on the Spiral Chute experts to come up with a slide design.

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Washburn Tech Enhances Welding Program

wu tech tour webStumpf (left) speaking with Hansen (middle) and Lyddane (right)Washburn Institute of Technology partners with industrial leaders to ensure students are well-prepared for the workforce. These experts assess curriculum, facilities, equipment and technology to keep Washburn Tech at the forefront of technical education.

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Samuel Crumbine - The Beginning of Innovation in Topeka

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Though he was born in Pennsylvania, Dr. Samuel J. Crumbine made history in Kansas. Dr. Crumbine’s pioneering  public health practices established food safety and sanitation practices in the United States. Crumbine did some medical training in Cincinnati before migrating to Kansas with his wife. Dr. Crumbine made a reputation for himself as the feisty doctor who strolled the streets of Dodge City in a Prince Albert coat and a holstered six-shooter.

Dr. Crumbine’s first contribution to public health improvement was at a small restaurant in Dodge City. Being a frequent diner, Dr. Crumbine convinced the management to serve milk in individual bottles instead of open jugs or pitchers. This served as a safer and more sanitary dispensing process.

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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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