Stevens Graphics

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Stevens Graphics is a printing subsidiary of AT&T which specializes in printing telephone directories. It began as the Ruralist Press in the 1880s, printing seed catalogs for H. G. Hasting's company and later publishing The Southern Ruralist magazine, a monthly which merged with The Progressive Farmer in the 1930s.

The Ruralist Press opened a plant in Birmingham in the 1960s. In 1971 the company was acquired by the J. P. Stevens Company and began operating as Stevens Graphics, a subsidiary. In 1980 the company purchased the former Oxmoor Press at 100 West Oxmoor Road, doubling its size and becoming the exclusive printer for the BellSouth Yellow Pages.

In 1985 the company sold a majority of its printing business to BellSouth, becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary in 1992. In 2009 the company eliminated 70 jobs at its Birmingham plant.


  • Tomberlin, Michael (February 10, 2009) "Stevens Graphics to cut 70 jobs." Birmingham News

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