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Lauderdale County High School, Rogersville, Alabama  

The Lauderdale County High School chemistry lab addition was installed in 2014 by Garner & Associates.  The small community school in northern Alabama is, "Committed to excellence through education."

The chemistry lab is equipped with Stevens Advantage 4400 A-tech series laboratory casework.  A-tech Surface is Stevens' engineered thermoset resin surfacing, embossed and thermofused in solid colors and woodgrain finishes simulating wood veneers.  A-tech Surface is specifically designed for a busy lab setting.  It creates a non-porous, moisture-resistant face homogenous to the core, not susceptible to separation or delamination. A-tech is chemical resistant and offers superior wear in an environment which is typically tough on surface materials.  A-tech Surface meets the requirements of SEFA 8 Cabinet Surface Finish Tests.

The project architect was Lambert Ezelll Durham Architecture out of Florence, Alabama.   

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Quality Assurance Manager Attends SEFA Conference

The 2017 annual Scientific Equipment & Furniture Association (SEFA) Conference was held in La Jolla, California.  Jeremy Hickenbottom, Stevens' Quality Assurance Manager, attended to learn the newest standards for scientific furnishings.  The conference recognizes the Lab of the Year, in 2017, The Francis Crick Institute in London.  In 2016 the honor went to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building at University of Illinois Champaign. 

SEFA members sit on a number of committees dedicated to improvement in the industry.  Jeremy is on the SEFA 8 & 10 casework committee.  He reports they recently reviewed door cycles and load tests.  The groups updates fall in line with AWI requirements.  More than 13 worldwide companies are represented on the committee.  SEFA committees for Fixtures as well as Liquid Chemical Storage voted to update standards. 

SEFA staff presented results from their recent World Market Survey regarding trends in scientific furnishings, and where the future of lab design is headed.  The event also provided a trade show and the opportunity to network with exhibitors and vendors from across the country. 
Dealer Spotlight: SOPA
By Patrick Gibbons

School and Office Products Inc., SOPA, was founded in 1996 by Terry and Sally Greene. In the two decades since, it has grown into a leading full-service consultant, supplier, and installation company focusing on commercial and contract furniture. SOPA has continued to be family owned and operated while building a reputation for quality work and customer satisfaction. They have completed countless projects in Arkansas and Oklahoma. From large scale stadium seating to lab cabinetry and basketball goals, they can handle jobs big or small.

SOPA specializes in:
  • Seating
  • Millwork
  • Athletic Equipment
  • Operable Walls
  • Commercial Office Furniture
  • Casework and Lab Equipment
  • Telescopic and Outdoor Bleachers

SOPA is not only a full-service supplier of new products but they also offer service and repairs for existing products and equipment. 

Lori Rutledge, Account Manager, commented, "SOPA is a nice addition to the Stevens team giving us coverage in new territories. SOPA has been working diligently to get the Stevens Advantage as the specified product. We see a great future in our partnership with SOPA."
2017 Award Winners 
$2Million Club + Highest Volume, Close & Growth Rates

Stevens Advantage salutes our Casework Dealers who reached the $2 Million in 2017, as well as our recipients for Highest Volume, Close Rate and Growth Rate.  Each of these dealers had an excellent year, closing deals, installing projects and providing outstanding customer service.  Congratulations to them and their teams!   

$2 Million Club:
Farnham Equipment Company
Lee Company
Steve Ward & Associates
Garner & Associates
Reed Associates 
Glen Alspaugh 
Architectural Arts

Highest Volume: Farnham Equipment Company 

Highest Close Rate: Architectural Arts

Highest Growth Rate (tie): Lee Company and Steve Ward & Associates
Jean Reid Promoted

We are pleased to announce Jean Reid has been promoted to Casework Business Manager. 

J.R. Elder, Vice President of Casework Services commented, “Jean has been an outstanding addition to the Stevens Casework team. She was able to bring her previous business experience to Stevens and applied to our situation it in a very short period of time. Her ability to get into the details and communicate with our customers has resulted in a monumental improvement in our processes. It is with great pleasure that we announce her promotion to Casework Business Manager.”

Jean rose to the new role with extensive experience in the commercial real estate field. She received an accounting degree from Millikin University. She has worked in the accounting field for more than 35 years, most recently as controller for Industrial Services, Inc. and Industrial Mechanical, Inc.  Jean and her family live in Mattoon, where she and her husband own D To Z Sports.

“Accepting the position of Senior Contract Administrator at Stevens was a good fit for me. As I learned about our business, I was eager to take on more responsibilities, and I’m very pleased to now be the Casework Business Manager. I like a challenge and excel at problem solving. I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside department heads to develop procedures to maintain continuity between our contracts and change orders. What I most enjoy about Stevens, is the people. We have a talented team, and we’re growing all the time,” she said.
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