Our best wishes for a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year!  As 2016 comes to a close, we extend our appreciation for your friendship and partnership.  We look forward to our mutual success in the year to come.
Stevens Industries will be closed December 23 - 26 and January 2.   
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2016 AIA Arkansas State Convention

SOPA team members Terry Greene, Scott Greene, Marcus Hutchinson and Karen Hasty, along with Rick Clough, recently attended a convention in Rogers Arkansas.  The 2016 AIA Arkansas State Convention drew in architects from around the region.  The team presented the AIA HSW CEU class to 7 architecture firms with 17 total attendees. 

Contact Rick Clough to schedule your AIA presentation.
Less Paper, Better Process
Stevens team members implement new electronic document program

Using less paper, reducing waste, and improving our process!  In November all groups involved in the preparation of production information participated in a lunch and learn training session. These sessions were designed to inform our teams about the new data management system called "Document Finder". This system was developed by Stevens outstanding IS team (Cottie and Robert). There were a total of 60 people that attended the training including Planning, Casework Drafting, Project Management, Account Management, Estimating, Millwork Drafting, Engineering and Sales.

Document Finder allows us to have all the project files in one place and accessible to each step of the Stevens Pre-Production Process. The overall improvement project was led and implemented by the Steering Committee for Continous Improvement. Members include: Sara Johnson, Janice Echo, Travis Oaks, Bob Lueken, Bob Schumacher, Lindsey Zuber and Aimee Gibben. Document Finder is up and running. The Steering Committee is already working on the next improvement cycle. As Stevens continues to grow, improvements like this are critical to our profitable future.
Omega 100 
New Solid Surface Machine Shines at Stevens  

The recently installed Omega 100 is a hit at Stevens!  The new machine polishes and edges solid surface with great precision and uniformity.  The new addition has increased our solid surface capacity by 250%, well-equipping us for a surge of orders in 2017. 

Stevens solid surface teams create custom countertops, window sills and more!  Trust our experts to assist in your next design project.

Casework Production Updates

Laminate Countertops 
Laminate countertops will get the royal treatment with two new machines this fall, an edgebander and a contour bander.  The new banders will increase production by nearly 400% and offer new process efficiency. Facility planners will be relocating the current production cell for laminate countertops.
Millwork Space 
Millwork space will be increasing thanks to moving the laminate countertop production. Opening this additional space for the millwork department, along with additional investments in the department, will nearly double its capacity by mid-2017. Stevens will now have three millwork assembly lines available.  Craftsmen in the millwork area create intricate, custom pieces that are in high demand by architects and designers.
Solid Surface 
We’ve invested in a new machine to shape and polish solid surfaces. For countertops, endsplashes, backsplashes and window sills, Stevens’ solid surfaces are a beautiful option. The solid surface machine will reduce labor and improve quality with a consistent process. It will decrease production time and yield a beautiful finished surface. This equipment upgrade will increase solid surface capacity by 250%.
LTO Planner  
The Techline Layout to Order Planner (LTO) has seen increased usage, and the result has been an upsurge in product demand. Orders of our quick turn furniture line have increased by 35% this year.  In preparation for that, Stevens increased capacity by 50% for this production group, ensuring the line maintains a 4-week lead time.
Growing Team   
The casework services team is growing along with our order volume. Five new (and promoted) assistant project managers, an estimator, a drafter and a contract administrator joined us this fall.  Training programs are in full swing to help these new faces, and those transitioning to new roles, become fully prepared before the busy spring and summer seasons. In conjunction with machinery enhancements, and workforce growth, marketing endeavors have also been a focus for improvement.  Increased commitment to marketing materials has led to website updates, new literature and brochures, USB drives updates, videos monthly newsletters and project profiles.
New Orders  
New orders entered in 2016 are up significantly over last year. This increase has been a driving factor in our investments in equipment and personnel and led to increased capacity. Casework production has added another assembly line which increased assembly capacity by 20%. Paired with measures to further increase our output, we anticipate a total capacity increase of 40% in the next four months.  We’re well-equipped for success in the year to come!
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Submissions for Project Profiles

Stevens wishes to create a 2016 Year in Pictures book of all casework and millwork projects.  We believe these photo collections to be tremendous sales tools for your fast-moving bidding season.  Your assistance to compile a strong collection is appreciated.

Submit photos to Amanda Emmerich. Please include one outside shot including the building sign, along with five to six interior photos.  If possible, try to hide away boxes, large trash receptacles, ladders and clutter to achieve clean, attractive photos that can be used in marketing.   

Stevens Industries, Inc. is celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2016.  Thank you for your support, partnership and friendship through the years.  Shared success is our goal and we look forward to working with you into the next 60 years!  

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