THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
Slowly, as rotomolded windsurfing boards began to fade away, Kayaks and other industry brands started to take notice of the new technology available to them when labeling their polyethylene plastics.
In 1985, as more and more business came my dad’s way, it presented him an opportunity once again pack up his family and move. But this time, it wasn’t to find his way. Instead, it was to return his family back to the place he had always loved. Sedona, Arizona.
With that came the realization that family is all he ever really wanted in the first place! Looking to find his freedom as a self-made man, he instead found genuine freedom in giving his life over to Jesus Christ. Looking for love and approval from his dad, he instead found it in the arms of the woman he loved and married and the 3 kids they raised together to form a family.
In 1992, my dad was able to purchase some land and build his own first “real factory”. Over the years since we’ve been there, we’ve added on, expanded and made improvements along the way to over 75k square feet of factory space and 85+ employees. A vast difference from that little garage or other rental spaces he had along the way for sure.
Today, my dad sees what MIGS has been able to do in Clarkdale, Arizona. The small community 25 minutes south of Sedona that MIGS calls home. Things he never imagined or really expected when he began in that little garage, but none-the-less, it’s now a company that people here depend on to sustain their lives and the lives of those around them.
What’s truly amazing to me is the fact that I don’t go a day without seeing a label we’ve produced on a product that needed it! On all the kayaks I see on top of vehicles heading through town. On the Rubbermaid dustpans, mop buckets and waste containers at Starbucks during clean up. On the shopping cart flaps at Fry’s supermarket. Or on the cell phone charging pad in my brother-in-laws GMC truck.
The significance, I believe, of what my dad invented so many years ago is unknown to much of the world that uses these products day to day while at the same time being so vital to the Brands that created them. My mission is that our Brand, our significance, will be known to the plastics world by the time I’m done.
A lot has changed over the last 30+ years of MIGS existence except for one thing, the heart of this amazing company will forever be in that small Southern California garage where my dad began so many years ago.
In 2015, my dad officially turned the keys of his company over to me in order to begin work on some of his other creative projects. After all, creating and building things has always been in his blood!
My personal goal is to take this unique company to a whole new level by making the MIGS Labels Brand known to the world while advancing our mind-blowing service to existing customers!
Matthew Patrick Stevenson
President / Brand Specialist, Advocate & Enthusiast