July 8, 2019
It is with heartfelt emotion that we share with you the passing of Steven Ray Hemstreet, Chairman WARCO. Steve’s passion for our company and for its people was unceasing. His relationship with West American Rubber Company extended over 48 years; his devotion intensifying with each passing year.
Starting as a machine operator at the urging of his mother in 1971, to owning the company with his partners, H. Conrad Blackerby and Benjamin Harrison, never did a day go by without him working to make WARCO a premier rubber manufacturing company; focused on providing quality to its customers, maintaining equitable relationships with its suppliers and demonstrating generosity and compassion to its employees.
Steve was the guiding force of WARCO; inspiring all that met and worked with him with his calm, genuine empathy.
His legacy endures, preserved by his brother, Kenneth Hemstreet and his nephew, Timothy Hemstreet, whose leadership will continue to direct WARCO on the course Steve began charting 48 years ago.