in Amarillo, Texas July 19, 1927, Eugene Stevens was the eldest
of three brothers and three sisters. The family's roots were
in Chicago, Illinois where Eugene as a young man, started his
working career. After a few select jobs, Eugene gained employment
with a silk screen printing firm and had found his calling.
After working as production manager for a few years, Eugene
was eager to move his family out West and did so in 1955.
worked for a couple of companies in the same field that he had
grown to love back in Chicago. After a period of time, he felt
he could run his own screen printing operation. On a shoestring,
he started Stevens Decal Co. in 1959 in a renovated building
at 16th St and Oak and soon after moving into a more accommodating
facility he hired his first employee (his brother) Harry Stevens.
the first few years were very tough selling by day and printing
by night. Eugene was very determined and worked long hours to
succeed and even built his own equipment, drying racks and most
other necessities to move forward in the industry.
was a gentle and very honest man and well liked not only by
his customers but also by his employees. He had set high standards
due to his hard work and Stevens Decal Co.'s motto was to give
the customer a quality product, a fair price and a reasonable
delivery time. Stevens
Decal Co. was built into one of the largest screen printing
companies in the Southwest due to Eugene's belief in slow and
steady growth and of course, his motto.
Stevens passed away in 1988 leaving the company to his lovely
wife Linda with the option of selling or making a go of it.
Linda decided to make it work knowing Eugene's son Andrew Stevens
was brought up in the industry and wanted to run his father's
business and carry on what he had built through the years. Linda
has since retired and turned over the company to Andrew, who
strives to continue the reputation of his father's company.
He is determined by his hard work and dedication to further
the success of Stevens Decal Co.