Eastman expands internationally with sales agents established in Europe, South America, South Africa
Charles Stevenson was only at the helm for seven years when he died in 1908 and his 22 year-old son, Wade Stevenson, took over leadership of the growing company. Wade utilized independent dealership networks to expand sales across the country. By 1921, he set his sights internationally and set up sales agents in Europe, South America and South Africa. To earn the worldwide reputation as the manufacturer of choice for the apparel industry, Wade combined strong distribution with innovative product development, unparalleled quality and exceptional customer service. Under Wade’s leadership many new patents were developed such as the automatic sharpener, continuous self-feeding oiling system and unique electrical connectors.