Evans Products Company
Evans Products Company was a successful wood products based in Michigan with plants on the West Coast in Oregon and California. Its founder, Edward Steptoe Evans, had worked as a printer, store clerk, cowhand, librarian, and author before developing the “Evans Block” at age 35; the wooden device helped facilitate the transportation of automobiles by rail and secured the Evans fortune. His research led him to develop batter separators for use in automobiles, and he ultimately opened a plant at Coos Bay in Oregon in 1928 to manufacture his Port Orford cedar goods. The onset of World War II bolstered the business and led to its heyday in the early 1950s. Another boon to the firm was its association with the... more.