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Apollo Career Center, Lima, Ohio    

Apollo Career Center is "committed to training area youth and adults for tomorrow's careers."  This beautiful and functional space serves both youth and adult members of the Lima community.  Farnham Equipment Company completed the project in 2016 with Stevens Advantage 1200 series casework and custom millwork reception counters, and circulation desks. 

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Garner & Associates
By Patrick Gibbons

In June of 1966 Benton Garner decided to make a career change and joined The Institutional Equipment Company (I.E.C.). In 1968 Benton was asked to open and manage an I.E.C. branch office in Huntsville. In July of 1973 he left I.E.C. to work with his brother at a family owned hardware store in Notasulga, Alabama. In 1975 Benton decided to leave the hardware store and go back into the school equipment business. At that time he formed a partnership with Mickey Whelan and started Architectural Products Company. This partnership lasted until 1979 at which time Benton started Garner & Associates and a short time late partnered with Maxie Mitchell to form Mitchell-Garner Inc. In 1987, based on health issues of Maxie, they closed Mitchell-Garner and Benton reopened Garner & Associates Inc. Stanley Garner joined his father at Garner Associates Inc. and was named managing member. Carl Ethridge joined them in 1993 as a salesman and is a member today. In 2001 the company’s name was changed to Garner & Associates LLC and Benton started to think about retiring. In 2010 Garner & Associates LLC became a Stevens Dealer in Alabama and the Florida panhandle. The third generation joined Benton and Stanley when Brandon Garner (Installation) and Lauren Garner (Estimating) both began working at Garner & Associates LLC.

Stanley Garner said, "Garner & Associates was fortunate to partner with Steven to provide quality product and service to the school markets." 

Carl Ethridge further commented, "The transition to Stevens provided Garner with additional technology to enter so many other markets than the traditional K-12."

"Garner & Associates have a wealth of knowledge and experience and are seen as consultants for both end users and contractors," said Todd Wegman, President of Stevens Industries.  "As partners since 2010, we've seen that experience and commitment to excellence yield success.  We have been amazed at their results in working with architects to have Stevens Advantage specified in projects.  Garner has been particularly effective in identifying opportunities to use A-tech laboratory furniture.  From contract to installation, the Garner team is a valuable resource for their customers."     

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Steve Ward's Geoff McElrath Explains Advantages of StevensWood

Geoff McElrath, Director of Sales and Marketing for Steve Ward & Associates, offers their customers StevensWood products as a way to enhance the value.  In a recent blog post he writes, "I kid you not, the first time I viewed the wood grain options offered by Stevens, I was shocked at not only how close to actual wood it looked, but also how realistic it felt to the touch."  His customers appreciate the added green benefits such as potential LEED points and UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification.

We agree Geoff!  StevensWood is a superior surface in appearance and durability.  Are your customers searching for unique, dramatic design improvements?  Introduce them to our line of StevensWood casework specs! 

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Reed Associates Presents to Beers + Hoffman

Mike Rudy of Reed Associates, Inc. recently presented to architectural firm, Beers + Hoffman in Pennsylvania.  Along with Rick Clough, he provided information about advantages of laminated cabinetry in commercial environments.  


"Beers + Hoffman is an imaginative community and environmentally minded architectural firm. We take our 30 plus yeas of expertise and experience and provide our clients with responsive, collaborative solutions through an enjoyable team process. Our projects range in size from modest additions to new 200,000 sf facilities. Sized just right to provide personal attention, we employ the latest technology to produce valued results."  Ten company spec writers, project managers and architects were in attendance. 

Interested in planning an AIA CEU course for architects in your community?  Contact Rick Clough for details.  

Steve Ward Visits Stevens

Steve Ward & Associates' new team members visited recently for some in-depth training on our products and processes.  Chet Groce and Chad Breece spent time with Rick Clough in our new Education & Design Center.   

Pictured left to right: Rick Clough, Chet Groce, Chad Breece, Geoff McElrath.
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Submit photos to Patrick Gibbons. 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.   
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